posted on 1-Jul-2002 6:55:22 PM

DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of these characters and everything here that is written is from my own imagination.

CATEGORY: This fic is mainly about Michael and Maria but everyone is in it.

RATING: For this part; PG-13. But later on it will probably have an R rating.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This story takes place 5 years after the gang left Roswell and they are now living elsewhere in the U.S. But little do they know there past has followed them once again. (Some of the characters are not introduced in this part, but I guarantee they show up later on.)

Hope you enjoy.

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"Michael Guerin." The man in the blue suit said satisfied looking at a picture of a young man.

"It really is him...." The man in the grey suit said releaved and dropped in his chair.

They both sat there for a moment in the small dimly lite room and looked at the picture. It was a clear shot of a young man walking out of a coffee shop into the open street. The men were both smiling as they looked at it.

"So, are we going to follow with our plan?" Grey suit asked.

"Actually Stevens, we might end up going with a totally different plan." Blue suit said seriously.

"But, our plan is flawless..." Stevens trailed off.

"I'm not so sure anymore... We tracked them all here. All the kids that fled Roswell 5 years ago are here. Guerin was the last one to be confirmed and we just did that. Including Guerin, there are six of them and we know that five of them are - well, you know. ‘Not from around here.’ And-"

"Our plan will work" Stevens cut in.

"Shut Up!" Blue suit yelled and stood up and started to pace. "They wiped out the whole Special Unit, you know, the unit that worked for us! It took three of them to do that and now there are five of them altogether. God knows what will happen if we barge in and try to capture them... It's a death trap."

'Well, I just mean that we have come this far... What are we going to do? Your in charge, when do we get started?" Stevens asked calmly, not wanting to upset his colleague any further.

"I'm working on something and I have a very good feeling that it is going to work. First, we are going to keep our survelliance team up and running for a while longer and then we will move in and they'll all be ours..." Blue suit picked up the picture of Michael Guerin again. "...especially you, Guerin."

Stevens picked up his briefcase and turned towards the door. "I don't mean to underestimate you, but will your new plan really work?"

Blue suit's eyes narrowed. "It has too. Michael Guerin needs to pay for what he did. He killed my brother and now it's time to pay."

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"Hey, where's my toast?" Kyle asked as Maria dropped his breakfast plate onto the table infront of him and turned to go back into the kitchen.

After hearing his comment, Maria spun around and walked back over to Kyle. "Kyle! Honey! How many times do I have to tell you that I am not your damn maid and I am no longer a waitress that you can try to boss around." She said sweetly twisting his right ear between her fingers.

"Truce....Truce..." Kyle said while squirming.

"I am glad that we got this all cleared up." She said and smiled once again and let go of his ear.

Michael, who was sitting at the table across from Kyle, then piped up. "Yeah, she's actually my maid." He flashed a quick smile.

Maria spun towards him. "Hold on now Spaceboy...You say that again, I'll twist more than just your ear, if you know what I mean." She winked and then walked in the kitchen.

Michael stuffed some eggs into his mouth and leaned towards Kyle. "If only she knew how that turned me on..."

"Tell me about it." Kyle said grabbing the tabasco sauce.

Michael looked at him sharply and Kyle stared at him for a moment.

"Well...., I mean... - I...., um... Oh nevermind." Kyle said and got up to go and make some toast.

Michael watched him leave and then shrugged and took a drink of his Snapple.

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Maria had walked into the medium-sized kitchen that had a western theme and found Isabel going through the refridgerator.

"Oh. Isabel, I made some eggs if you want some." Maria offered.

"Oh, no thanks. I'm running late for work." Isabel replied and turned around. "Maria, you aren't even dressed yet." She pointed out.

"I don't start work until 12." Maria replied leaning against the counter.

"Oh yeah. Well I start at 10, so I better get going."

"You were supposed to do my hair before you left" Maria sang.

"Again?"

"Yes, you promised."

"No problem. I can do it." Kyle interrupted as he came into the kitchen and put some bread into the toaster.

Maria turned and backed away with her hands held up in front of her. "You keep your ametuer alien powers to yourself." She said and Isabel laughed.

"They are not ametuer. I've had them for 3 years and I know how to use 'em." He said walking towards Maria.

"Isabel! Zap him!" Maria cried laughing as she hid behind Isabel.

"Kyle..." Isabel said walking towards him and he held up his hand infront of him.

"KYLE!!!" Maria screamed and Isabel turned to look at her.

Maria was standing in the same spot and she could not move. Kyle was holding her in place.

"This is not funny!" Maria exclaimed. "MICHAEL!!!! MICHAEL HELP ME!!!!"

Kyle walked up beside Isabel with his hand still held up infront of him.

"Now" he said "She did want her hair coloured right?"

"MICHAEL!! GET IN HERE RIGHT NOW!!"

Michael walked to the doorway and leaned against it.

"What?" He asked with narrowed eyebrows.

"Do you not see this! Your alien friend is holding me captive!! Do something!"

"Hey man. What are you doing?" Michael asked Kyle.

Kyle turned his head to Michael. "Well, Maria wanted her hair coloured, so I am just helping her out."

Michael stood there and looked at him for a moment. "Cool. Give her a little trim too, while you’re at it." He said and walked away.

"You are sooooooo DEAD Spaceboy!!!" Maria yelled after him.

"Kyle, let her go" Isabel said.

"Oh..... Fine!" Kyle said and lowered his arm.

Maria ran over and started slapping him. "I hate when you do that!"

"I know." He replied smiling. Then he sniffed the air. "Do you smell something?"

"Yeah. The toasters on fire!" Maria yelled.

Isabel pushed her out of the way and waved her hand over the toaster to put out the flame.

"Oh Man! I really wanted that." Kyle said pulling the burnt toast out of the toaster.

"Here..." Isabel waved her hand over the burnt toast and made it edible again. "Well, I gotta go because now I'm really going to be late. Oh, Maria. I'll do your hair tonight, I promise.'

"O.K. Thanks" Maria said as Isabel walked past her.

"Bye Kyle." Isabel said shyly and quickened her pace.

"Later Izzy." Kyle said watching her walk out of the kitchen.

Maria walked up to him.

"Did you two just have a moment?" She asked smiling.

"What? A mom-... No!" He said not looking at her and he threw the toast into the garbage.

"Aren't you going to eat that?' Maria asked seeing that he didn't want to talk about Isabel.

"Hey, I may be part alien, but I still don't like the thought of alien powers mixed with my food." He said and walked out of the kitchen.

"I'll never understand these aliens." Maria said. As she started out of the kitchen she heard Michael call from the dining room. "Maria! Honey! I'm done eating, you can wash my plate now."

Maria rolled her eyes and walked in the opposite direction of Michael to the bedroom so she could get dressed for work.
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posted on 2-Jul-2002 7:17:12 PM
Thanks for your replys!!!!

Actually, all six of them are living in the same house. (Hope that dosen't seem stupid).

Well here's the second part I hope u like it!!!!



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Maria had finished getting dressed and was almost done her make-up when someone knocked on the door of the bedroom that she shared with Michael.

"Go away Kyle." She said assuming Kyle had come back to bug her again.

The door opened and Max popped his head in.

"Oh, hey Max. I thought you were Kyle." She said looking at him in the reflection of the mirror she was using to do her make-up.

He opened the door and stepped inside. "Yeah, it's just me. I heard you yelling earlier, was Kyle bugging you again?"

"Does he ever stop? Seriously Max, I need some alien powers so I can zap his ass." Maria said jokingly as she applied some eyeliner.

Max smiled. "Why don't you ask Michael to 'zap' Kyle for you?" he questioned, emphasizing the word 'zap' because Maria always said it when refering to the use of the aliens powers.

Maria laughed. "Sometimes Michael needs some zapping of his own."

Max laughed in agreement. "Where's Michael anyway?"

"Probably watching cartoons. It's his day off." She replied and stood up.

Max laughed again and they both walked out of the bedroom. In the hall they could hear the T.V. on and they both recognized the show that was being watched.

"Spiderman." They both said. Maria shrugged an 'I told you so' shrug.

"Is Liz still here?"

"Yeah, she's downstairs. She's leaving to take her final in fifteen minutes." Max replied.

"I'm gonna go talk to her." Maria said and turned in the opposite direction.

"And I guess I'm going to go watch some Spiderman." Max said and walked towards the living room to joing Michael.

Maria laughed at Max's comment and walked pass Isabel's room and the washroom. She opened the door at the end of the hall that lead to the furnished basement that Max and Liz shared.

When Maria got down there Liz looked at her for a moment.

"I thought you wanted to borrow my skirt." Liz said noticing that Maria was already dressed in black hip hugging pants and a white blouse.

Maria smiled and sat on the edge of the bed. "I think I'm going to stay away from skirts and cleavage baring shirts and thing like that for awhile."

Liz's eyes widened and she sat on the bed next to Maria.

"What did Mark do now?" Liz asked refering to Maria's boss at the club she worked at.

"Just the usual. A lot of staring." Maria said and sighed.

Liz looked at her carefully and knew that she was hiding something.

"Maria something happened last night." It wasn't a question. "What happened?" Liz asked very concerned about her friend.

"Nothing happe-" She started and then blurted out "He tried to kiss me!"

"Oh my God" Liz said shocked.

"It was horrible."

"What did you do?"

"I pushed him away and told him that we should keep our relationship on a professional level, since I have a boyfriend and all. I mean the guy knows I'm with Michael. What the hell is he thinking?" Maria said and stood up.

"Are you sure that you should go back there. I mean he tri-"

"Liz." Maria interuppted. "I can handle him. He got the message and if he wants to keep staring, I just won't give him anyhting to stare at." She looked down at her clothing. "Hence, the pants and no cleavage."

"Are you going to tell Michael?" Liz asked as she put her text book into her bag.

Maria laughed and tossed Liz her sweater. "No. Michael already hates the guys guts because he's caught him staring before. And plus, the last thing I need is for Michael to go on some wild jealous boyfriend rampage and zap my boss."

Liz smiled. "Look Maria, just be careful and if he tries anything else, tell me." She said seriously. They started up the stairs and Liz added. "And I'll zap him." Liz joked using the word that they all make fun of Maria for.

"I'll be fine." Maria said closing the basement door behind her.

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"Great." Isabel muttered as she stepped on the brake of her car. She had just phoned her work to tell them that she was going to be late because the traffic was backed up due to an accident.

Come on. I hate being late. She thought to herself and knew that she was lying.

She wanted to get to work so that she could occupy her mind. Sitting in the car gave her time to think about Kyle. She didn't know what was going on between them. All she knew was that whenever she tought about him, she got butterflies in her stomach.

"Get a hold of yourself." She said aloud and opened the sunroof of her car to let some air in.

Isabel didn't know when the whole Kyle and her thing, whatever it was, even began. It probably started about a year and a half ago. They had been away from Roswell for almost 3 years and Isabel had just recently stopped crying herself to sleep. The first couple of years had been really rough on her. She missed Jesse more than she could have imagined. But, she knew that she did the right thing by letting him go. He deserved a normal life. But she missed him all the same. About 2 years after leaving Roswell, Max was watching T.V. and Jesse was on the news. Isabel found out that he had gone to Boston and became one of the most successful lawyers in the country. The news did a special piece on him and showed him with a woman named Karen, who was his fiancee and 6 months pregnant. Isabel started to cry when she saw it. She cried tears of happiness because she saw the happiness and love in Jesse's eyes when he looked at Karen. That was when she knew for sure that she had done the right thing by letting him go.

BEEP!!!

"Hold on, hold on." Isabel muttered to the car who had honked at her. She accelerated 6 feet and then stopped again with the traffic. She went back to remembering the first hard years after leaving Roswell.

Isabel had also desperately missed her parents. She dreamt about them everynight and would wake up with tears on her cheeks. At that time Kyle had been dating a few girls because he knew that his powers would be surfacing soon and he couldn't be in a serious relationship when that happened. But, he had also been there for her. Making her laugh, letting her cry. Isabel hadn't dated anyone since they left Roswell. She didn't want to. She didn't want to hurt anyone else...

The traffic picked up speed and Isabel pushed forward. She turned on the next side street and took a short cut to her work.

Her and Kyle started getting close during the last year-and-a-half. It had started out as a joke. Her and Kyle had been fighting about something stupid. So stupid she couldn't even remember and Michael, being Michael, piped up that she and Kyle should just go in the bedroom and let out their "sexual frustration."

Isabel smilied as she remembered telling Michael off after he made that comment.

So, Michael had joked around and Kyle started talking about it seriously. Not them having sex, but them getting closer to one another. She laughed it off at first, but then she realized that he was serious. He thought that since they both did not want to get into a relationship with an outsider, they should just be together. He later admitted that he did have a crush on her for a long time. Of course, she brushed it off. But, then she began to see Kyle in a new light. Isabel had always known that Kyle was a great guy, but then she started to see how great. He was funny, smart, kind, trustworthy, sincere, good looking, but most of all they had no secrets from each other. Six months ago Isabel kissed Kyle for the first time. He was totally surprised, he told her later on, because he never though Isabel would like him like that. She was so smart and beautiful; but she kissed him and he kissed her back. They had started a realtionship, but they didn't tell anyone. They didn't know how the rest of the group would react and they decided to tell them at the appropriate time. Plus, it was kind of exciting having to sneak around. Then last night, they had taken a big step. Isabel had snuck into Kyle's room at the other side of the house and they had made love. It had been one of the most exhilirating times of her life. She couldn't ever remember feeling so safe. She shivered remembering last night when her Kyle were together; their legs entwined and his lips and hands all over her body.

Isabel pulled her car into the parking lot of the building she worked at. She shook her head. If last night was so great, then why was it so akward to see him this morning? She wondered to herself. You're falling in love with him. A little voice in the back of her mind said. Yeah right, she thought, that is ridiculous. You are in love with him. That little voice said.

"Oh, shut up." She told herself and got out of the car.

Me. In love with Kyle Valenti. I don't even know what is going on between us and I'm in love with him? Gimme a break. The little voice tried to respond but Isabel pushed it away where it belonged.

Damn it!! Why does my life always have to be so complicated? She wondered to herself as she entered the child care centre.

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Isabel had been so deep in thought about Kyle that she didn't notice the car that had followed her and parked across the street from her work.

The man in the car watched Isabel enter the building and he flicked his cigarette out the open window of his car. He brushed the stray ashes off of his suit and picked up the phone.

"Pierce...the Evans girl's at work. Everything seems normal...No, she didn't notice me...She drove straight to work like every morning...Yes...Okay."

The man hung up the phone and drove away as if he had never been there at all.


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posted on 5-Jul-2002 1:29:08 AM
Hey I kinda messed up and posted this part on a new thread yesterday, so I am posting it again. Sorry if you already read this part.

*I don't know if Agent Pierce's first name was ever mentioned in the show, so I made it up. (*Chad*)

Hope you enjoy.

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Agent Daniel Pierce, brother to the late Chad Pierce, smiled as he listened to the steady sound of his footsteps echoing in the long hallway. Two of his four agents had already reported in to him this morning. Agent Stevens had reported that the Valenti boy had arrived at the garage that he works for and Agent Mullins reported that the Evans girl had arrived at her workplace as well. His survellience team was still up and running, waiting for Pierce to take the next step in his plan. Pierce figured that the other's hadn't left the house yet because his other two agents hadn't called in yet. Pierce thought about agent Mullins and got angry. He hated the man. Mullins always had a smart-ass smirk on his face and he stunk of stale cigarette smoke. But, he did his job and did it well, so Pierce couldn't complain. He wanted the best men for this operation and he got the best four; Mullins unfortunately was one of them.

Pierce stepped up to the security doors and placed his palm on the scanner and put his eyes in front of the retinal scanner. There was a loud beeping sound and the doors slid open. Pierce proceded down the hall passing several doors. He stopped at the third door from the end of the hall. He slid open the metal panel to look through the window into the room. His prisoner was still there laying on the stretcher. The prisoner was unconcious because of the dosage of drugs they had been given. Pierce smiled again as he saw the prisoner's hands struggle against the restraints that were strapping them to the stretcher. Pierce knew that his prisoner was having nightmares as it usually did.

"The nightmare hasn't even begun yet, my friend." Pierce whispered and slid the panel closed. He walked away and resumed listening to the sounds of his feet echoing off the walls.

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Maria and Liz entered the living room to find Michael and Max watching a Spiderman cartoon.

"Hey, you ready?" Liz asked Max.

He jumped off the couch. "Yeah, a minute more of cartoons and I think my head will explode."

Michael scowled and put his feet up on the coffee table.

"Okay, let's go. I want to get this final over with and enjoy my time off from school." Liz said.

"Good luck." Maria said as Liz and Max turned to leave.

"Thanks"

Max smiled at Maria and turned to Michael. "That stuff is going to rot your brain."

Max and Liz walked out of the living room amd Michael yelled to him. "It's my day off!"

"Bye Michael!" Liz called as they left the house.

"Break a leg!" Michael hollered as the front door slammed, then he muttered jokingly. "And Maxs' while you're at it."

Maria walked over and tried to pass Michael so she could grab her car keys off the table, but Michael had his feet up.

"Excuse me your majesty." Maria said sarcastically.

"What's the secret password?" Michael stated not taking his eye off the television.

"Move your ass." Maria said and started to step over him but he grabbed her and pulled her down on the couch beside him.

"I was looking for soemthing like 'I love you Michael and worship the ground you walk on'"

Maria smiled at him."Michael, I have to go to work." She said but made no effort to move.

He took his feet off the table and crossed one leg over the other and pulled her down so her head was resting on his leg and she was looking up at him.

"Call in sick." He said playing with her ponytail.

"I can't."

"Come on, were all alone. How often does that happen?"

"Michael, I can't..." She repeated although the idea was very tempting.

"I know." He said and smiled. He brought is arm down and laid it across her stomach.

"So what are you gonna do today?" She asked trailing her fingers across the smooth surface of his forearm.

"Gotta run some errands, so I'm gonna need the car."

She looked up at him sharply. "Nice time to tell me."

"I'll drive you to work. Don't worry, I got it all palnned out."

"I'm glad you thought ahead." She joked.

"Well, I'm pretty incredible." He said smiling.

She hit him lightly on the arm. "Sometimes I don't know why, but you're my favourtie martain." She joked and put her hand behind his head and pushed it towards her. She kissed him lightly on the lips.

"Well, I guess you're my favourite human." He joked and kissed her harder.

Maria deepened the kiss. Even after all these years, she still got butterflies when she was close to Michael.

After a moment she moved her head away and got up. She held her hand out and pulled Michael to his feet.

"Let's go Spaceboy, anymore of that and I'll never get to work."

"Fine by me." He said and winked.

"Let's go." She said and they made their way out to the car.

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"Did Michael get it yet?" Liz asked Max as he was driving her to the university.

Max shook his head. "He's going to after he drops Maria off at work."

Liz smiled and looked out the passenger window.

"You're pretty quite this morning. That's the first thing you said since we got in the car."

Liz closed her eyes and leaned her head against the seat.

"Are you worried about your final?" Max asked stopping at a red light.

Liz looked at him quickly. "No! I mean...I''m sure I'm going to be fine. It's just that.."

"What?"

"It's funny, I really don't know."

He turned and looked at her confused.

She smiled and a car honked from behind them. The light was green and Max stepped on the gas.

"What is it? You can tell me, I'm your husband after all." Max said smiling.

She looked straight ahead and sighed. "It's just that I have this feeling..."

"A feeling?"

"A bad feeling, like something bad is going to happen." She blurted out.

"You mean about Michael and-"

"No." She cut him off. "not that, something else."

Max glanced at her quickly. "Do you think that your powers are back?"

Liz shook her head. "No... I don't think so. I learned to surpress them when we all agreed not to use the powers that are unique to us. And that was years ago."

"Yeah, it would probably take a lot of energy and time for us to get accustomed to them again." Max said and pulled up infront of the university.

"That's what I was thinking."

"How long have you had this feeling?" he asked turning towards her.

"A few weeks and it keeps getting worse."

"Maybe it's just women's intuition or something." He said seriously.

She started laughing. "Nice try, but I highly doubt it."

"Look, don't worry about it. Just go in there, ace your final and show all of those scientist wannabe's whos the best." He said touching her hair.

She smiled and opened the car door.

"We can talk about it later. And don't worry." He said and leaned over and kissed her goodbye.

"Okay, we'll talk later." She said and got out of the car.

"Good luck." He said and smiled the smile that Liz couldn't get enough of.

"Thanks." Liz closed the door and walked towards the university.

Max started after her for a moment and thought about what she had said. He frowned and then drove away.

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Michael pulled the car into the parking lot of the club that Maria worked at and turned off the ignition.

"What time do you want me to pick you up?" He asked.

"I should be finished by eight. Where are you going anyway?"

"I told you , I got some errands to run."

"Why can't you just tell me?"

Michael held up his hand. "Look Maria, I.m not gonna fight about this. I just got some things to do."

"Fine." She said frowning.

"You better go, your late." He said.

She looked at him for a moment and then leaned over and kissed his cheek.

"Eight o'clock." She stated getting out of the car.

"Eight o'clock. I got it." He said and she turned and walked up to the back entrance to the club.

He watched her and saw Mark, her boss, walk up from the opposite direction. He smiled a big smart-ass smile at Maria and held the door for her. Michael scowled as they entered the building.

"I'm gonna zap his ass one of these days." Michael threatened to no one in particular.

He sped away from the club and stopped ten minutes later in front of the buliding he couldn't tell Maria about. He entered the building and picked up the package that was waiting for him.

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posted on 5-Jul-2002 10:05:08 PM
Hey!

Just wanted to know if anyone is actually reading this story?
posted on 7-Jul-2002 3:49:09 PM
Hey guys,

Thanks for the great feedback. I really am hoping that you are enjoying the story because I love writing it. As I said before; it is my first one and I was really self-concious about posting it in the first place...I am just happy that you like.

I know that these first parts may seem slow, but I assure you that things are going to pick. Right now I am trying to really concentrate on the characters and keep those great characteristics that our favourite "Roswellians" possesed for the years that we watched them grow up. I hope that they seem very accurate in their behaviour.

I really hope that you continue reading and enjoying it.

Oh yeah, the next part will be out very soon!!!!

Thanks again,

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posted on 9-Jul-2002 12:50:44 AM
Even though not a lot of people are reading this, here's the next part!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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When the kids left Roswell five years ago, Jim Valenti's wold turned upside down. First of all he lost his only child. Having Kyle leave was the most painful experience of his whole lofe. He didn't want Kyle to leave but he knew that it was for the best. He knew that all of the kids would look after each other and he missed them all. Once they were gone Roswell felt empty to Jim; more quite and less interesting. He still worried about the kids, a lot. But when they first left he had much bigger things to worry about.

Roswell was in total chaos due to the disturbance at the Roswell High graduation ceremony. Jim didn't know what to do so he waited. The two agents in charge of the operation took a lot of heat for what they did at that ceremony. They had to hold many press conferences in Roswell explaining that what happened at graduation was a misunderstanding. They said that they were in charge of a drug operation and mistakenly had Max Evans as their prime suspect. Jim listened to the apologies from the agents to the town of Roswell with amusement. They made themselves look like imbeciles to cover up their alien hunting. Threat's of lawsuites from the town of Roswell to the F.B.I. were thrown in the air, but no charges were ever pressed. The disapperance of the kids was explained by their parents as a graduation trip that they had been planning for the whole year.The press pushed for interviews with the Evans', Parkers' and Amy DeLuca, but they declined. Some people were suspicious but no charges were laid by any of the parents or residents of Roswell, so no investigation took place. Eventually it slowly died down but Jim still had things to worry about.

Due to some investingating, Deputy Jim Valenti found out what he was looking for. He tracked down one of the snipers from the graduation and found out that they were told the same story about Max Evans as the press was, but they were fed with more information. The sniper claimed that the assignemt called for the extermination of Max Evans, Isabel Rameriez, Liz Parker and Michael Guerin because they were not only involved with drugs but also with the murder of federal agents. The sniper said that they only told the press about Max and the drugs because they were embarrassed enough of wrongfully accusing Max and they were already in enough trouble. Jim realized that the snipers had no idea that they were hired to kill aliens. The two agents, as far as Jim was concerend, hadn't told anyone else. So now he had to make sure it stayed that way.

The only conclusion that Jim could come up with was that the agents had to be killed. That was the only way to assure permanent silence. No matter where the kids went, Jim knew that they would never be safe with the agents alive.

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Maria sighed and slumped down in the chair in her office. She had just come back from a meeting with stage directors and it had gone really well. She was very happy that everything was going so smoothly.

Maria loved her job. She was the head of the music department in the hottest club in town. She was in total control of all the music heard at the club; she scouted and interviewed bands and musicians to play at the club. She found them, interviewed them, set them up and had made a lot of great friends. The best part was that Maria got to sing at the club too. She did her own set every third month for a week long. This was the perfect job for Maria because she got to sing, hang out with great people, was in charge of a department and got paid really good money.

So here she was, sitting in her office and looking through the window. Her office was on the top floor and faced the stage, similar to balcony seats at the opera, the window was the size of the office and gave a great view of everything going on downstairs. She was watching the people she had just had a meeting with prepare for the show tonight. She smiled and closed her eyes. Everything was going great, except for Michael. He was hiding something from her.

"Dammit!" She swore and stood up and began to pace.

Everything had been going great with Michaael. Sure, they still fought, but leaving Roswell had been the best thing for their relationship. They slowly found their way back to each other and Maria wondered why she ever left. She loved Michael with all her heart, but back then she wanted him to change. But by leaving, they both opened up. Maria didn't want Michael to change for her, she loved him for who he was, it just took her some time to realize it. They discovered how hectic and claustrophobic Roswell was to the both of them and how that affected their realtionship. Once away form Roswell, they both felt free and opened up more. They realized that they needed each other more than ever. Maria just couldn't imagine what her life would have been without Michael, he was a part of her.

"And now he's keeping secrets." She whispered aloud.

Why wouldn't he tell me where he was going? She wondered. She hated when Michael got all secretive. Every time it seems as though everything is normal between them, he ends up acting like an ass. It reminded her of Roswell, where secrets were lying around every corner.

A knock on her office door interrupted her thoguhts.

"Come in." She called.

"Hey Maria" Julia, the owner of the club said happily and sat down.

"What's up" Maria asked smiling. Julia was another reason she loved her job. Julia was just so much fun and more Maria's friend than boss. The only downfall was that Julia was Mark's sister, so Maria couldn't tell her about all the staring and how he tried to kiss her the night before. It was embarrasing and akward.

Julia waved her hands in the air. "Oh, just the usual. You?"

"Same," Maria said and plopped doun on her chair across from Julia.

Julia leand forward and raised her eyebrows. "What's wrong?"

"Nothing."

"Don't lie to me girl... I know you and I know something's wrong. Does it have anything to do with a certain man named Michael?" She teased.

Maria smiled. Juila knew all about Michael, well except for the whole 'out-of-this-world' factor.

"He's hiding something from me."

"What do you mean?"

"Well, he wanted to take the car to run an errand and wouldn't tell me what it was. So when I asked him again he started getting all defensive and mad."

"Don't jump to conclusions hun. I know all about it, Bradley's always doing 'secret' stuff. They just need some privacy." Julia replied reffering to her husband.

"Yeah but this just feels weird. I'm worried." Maria said and there was another knock on the door.

"Come in" Maria called and Mark opened the door.

"Julia... I need you downstairs." He said.

"Okay, just give me a second."

Mark smiled at Maria and closed the door.

"Look Maria, don't worry about it. It's probably sonething stupid." Julia said and stood up.

Maria smiled inconvinced.

"Okay, changing subject...Are you ready for your set tomorrow night." Julia asked.

"Yeah, it's gonna be great." Maria said smiling but Julia could tell she was still upset.

"Look Maria, everythings going to be fine with you and Michael, I promise." Julia said and when Maria didn't answer she left.

Maria shook her head and bit her lower lip. What the hell is Michael up to? She wondered.

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Michael drove back to the house with the package on the passenger side seat. He pulled into the driveway to see that Max was back from droping Liz off for her final. Michael grabbed the package, went into the house and straight to the bedroom. He slid the package under the bed and stepped into the hallway. He bumped into Max who was coming up from the basement.

"Hey did you get it?" Max asked.

"Yep, it's under the bed." Michael replied.

Max looked at him and smiled. Michael looked nervous.

"I really don't like lieing to her." Michael said.

"Well you cant tell her the truth. No way." Max said and they made their way out to the living room.

"I know"

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posted on 10-Jul-2002 2:02:46 AM
Hey,

I just popped in for a sec and wanted to send out a quick thank you to all the people that have been sending feedback, you gusy are great...it means a lot.

New part should be out soon, so watch for it!!!*bounce*

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posted on 16-Jul-2002 2:53:10 AM
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“Okay Valenti. You gotta go home some time." Kyle said to himself as he pulled onto his street for the third time in twenty minutes.

He had circled the block twice already. He was stalling.

“What are you waiting for?” he asked himself exasperated.

But, Kyle knew the answer to his question. When he pulled up to the house the first time twenty minutes ago, he noticed that only Isabel’s car was in the driveway. That meant she was in the house. Alone.

Damn! He thought. What am I waiting for? I have to talk to her...because…because what??

“Because I love her.” Kyle blurted out when the house came into view.

Kyle blinked several times. It was the first time he had admitted that he loved Isabel.

“HA! I love her!!! That’s why I have to go in there. I have to tell her that I love her.” Kyle said happily as he pulled his car into the spot beside Isabel’s.

Besides, he thought as he got out of the car, if I circle the block again the Neighbour Hood watch will probably call the police.

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Five years ago, back in Roswell, Deputy Jim Valenti had to deal with a huge problem. The two men who had caused the commotion at Roswell High’s 2002 graduation had to be stopped. Jim didn’t want them telling anyone else about his son and the others. The only way to do that was to have the men killed.

Jim couldn’t kill them. He had killed before, but that was self-defence. He couldn’t just walk up to the men and shoot them. That was murder, and Jim Valenti was not a murderer.

He waited anxiously for weeks and then something amazing happened. When the two men were on their way back to Washington, their plane crashed. Both of the men were killed upon impact. Under normal circumstances it would have been considered a tragic event to Jim, but there was nothing tragic about this. He knew that if those men were alive they would not stop until they found his son and the other kids and kill all of them. He felt more comfortable now with the men dead because he figured that they would be safe. But there was no way to be completely sure of that, so it was better if the kids just stayed away.

Jim was also the only one left in Roswell who knew the whole ‘alien story’. He met with Jeff and Nancy Parker, Philip and Diane Evans, and Amy DeLuca almost everyday for months after the kids left. Jesse Ramirez accompanied Jim for a week or two but then he left for Boston.

There were a lot of questions and Jim had a lot of explaining to do. Jeff had read Liz’s journal and let the other parents read it as well. Jim took them out to the desert where the pod chamber was located and they burnt the journal. But Liz’s journal didn’t even explain half of what Jim and the kids went through in the past three years. He started with the day that Liz got shot. Jeff and Nancy could not believe that their daughter was shot and had almost died. A lot of the stuff was pretty hard for all of them to understand. But it also helped them to understand.

They now knew why Max and Liz had gotten arrested in Utah. They knew why Alex had died. Diane finally understood what had happened on the video tape when Max had touched the bird with the broken wing and why he got all defensive when she asked him about that and the grease fire in their kitchen two years before. Amy knew where Maria had been all those times she was ‘camping’. He told them how Liz had gained the ability to see the future and that Kyle and himself would most likely gain alien powers. They knew everything. Jim did the best he could and sometimes would leave stuff out unintentionally but he would write it down and tell them at their next meeting.

It was a big shock having all the kids leave so abruptly and not even saying goodbye. Jim found that he and Amy started to spend a lot more time together. They had both lost a child and had no one to turn to. Plus, being close before was also another factor. Amy would also be open about how she felt. In the beginning the idea of her daughter running away with her alien boyfriend was not a happy thought. But the more Jim told them about the horrible lies that Max, Michael and Isabel had to tell all those years just to stay alive, Amy became compassionate. She knew that her daughter loved Michael, she saw it the first time that Maria had mentioned his name. And Amy knew that Michael loved her daughter, on all the outings when Maria had told her she was camping, Michael always brought her home safe. When Alex had died, Michael had been there for the both of them. She knew he was a tough shell, but you had to look past that to see the love he had those that are close to him. Of course Amy missed Maria and wanted her to come back, but Jim promised that once it was safe that they would all be together. Amy and Jim officially got together and Amy would always be curious to know if his alien powers had begun to show yet. It became a joke. Jim was just happy that Amy understood and accepted the fact that one day soon he would be different. She would just joke around that if her daughter could date an alien why couldn’t she?

So finally all the parents knew and they now shared this secret that could never be told, because they knew that if anyone found out, all of their children would be dead.

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Kyle entered the house to find Isabel waving her hand and changing the color of the living room walls.

“Didn’t you just re-decorate last week?” He asked as he pulled off his shoes.

She turned and smiled at him. “I’m bored.”

“You should take Michael’s advice and make it black.” He joked.

“Yeah right. That guy has problems. He even wanted to paint his bedroom black. But remember Maria threatened to make him move out into a tent in the back yard?” She said turning the wall into a deep green.

Kyle laughed as he remembered Maria angrily taking the tent out of the closet. “Yeah those two are a match made in heaven.”

Isabel laughed in agreement.

“So where is everyone?” Kyle asked as he sat on the couch.

“Max and Liz went to pick up pizza, Maria’s still at work and I haven’t seen Michael since this morning.”

“Well Max and Liz better hurry up cause I’m starving.” He said rubbing his stomach.

There was an awkward moment of silence between the two of them.

“We need to talk!” They both said at the same time. Isabel let out some nervous laughter and Kyle smiled.

“You go first.” He offered.

“Okay.” She stated and pushed some stray hair behind her ear. “Well… Last night we took a pretty step because we…. well…. you know….” She trailed off.

“Made love.” He stated for her.

“Yeah.” She sighed. “God! Why is this so hard?”

Kyle stood up and crossed over to her.

“I don’t know why it’s hard, but it doesn’t have to be. I mean… we’ve been sneaking kisses, as childish as it may sound, but that’s all we have been doing. Not really together, but not with anyone else. No official title to our relationship. And then last night…BOOM! There we were...together. Well as together as two people can get. And I have to say that it was the best night of my life.”

“I know Kyle, last night was… I can’t even tell you how safe and happy I felt last night, but I just don’t think we should sneak around anymore. We shou-“

Kyle cut her off and took her hand in his.

“Look Isabel. We haven’t told anyone about us because we were not even sure what was going on between us. We don’t have to hide anymore because… Well because I love you.” He blurted out and then smiled.

Isabel squeezed his hand and let out the breath that she didn’t even realize she was holding in.

“Oh Kyle! I love you too. All this time and-“ Kyle cut her off again by pressing his lips against hers.

She pushed herself against him and he ran his hands up and down her back while she ran her fingers through his hair.

“So…we are going…to tell…everyone." She whispered between kisses.

“Yeah… everyone… tonight.” He replied.

“Good…because I…love you…and want…everyone to…know.” She said and then they heard the front door open.

Isabel abruptly pushed him away and ran her hands over her hair trying to smooth it out.

Kyle looked at her puzzled. “What the hell?”

“We’ll tell them when everyone is here.” She whispered.

“Hey dinners here.” Liz called as her and Max walked by Kyle and Isabel into the kitchen holding boxes of pizza.

“So when are Michael and Maria gonna be home?” Kyle whispered to her when Max and Liz were out of ear shot.

Isabel looked at her watch. “Michael is supposed to pick her up in an hour, at eight.”

They started towards the kitchen. “Well if I know Michael, they won’t be here until eleven. He’s never on time.”


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Maria looked at her watch for the hundredth time. Eight thirty. She thought. I told him to be here at eight, but what else is new. Michael Guerin. The boy with no concept of time.

She should have known better, Michael is never on time. NEVER.

She pulled her jacket around her self tighter. She was waiting in the back of the club and it was getting kind of cold out. I’m going to catch pneumonia and die. HA! He’ll probably be late for my funeral too. She thought miserably and kicked at the ground.

“Be careful. Wouldn’t want to hurt your pretty little self.” She heard someone say from behind her.

“I’d rather hurt you.” She sang lightly as she turned to face Mark.

"What?” He asked.

"Nothing. Never mind.” She said casually.

“So what are you doing out here? Didn’t you leave half-an-hour ago?” He asked, although Maria knew that he damn-well knew what she was doing out there.

“I am waiting for my boyfriend.” She said and stressed that last word.

“He’s late again, I see.” Mark said smugly.

“Well he’ll make up for it later tonight.” She said provocatively, hoping he would get the point.

“I could give you a lift.” He offered. Nope. Flew right over stupid little Mark's head.

“Don’t trouble yourself.”

“Come on Maria. Don’t be like that. I just want to help you out.” He said.

Yeah. Out of my pants. She thought and rolled her eyes.

He stepped closer to her. “Come on Mar-“

He stopped in mid-sentence because Michael came speeding into the parking lot. Mark stepped back at an appropriate distance and Michael pulled up in front of them and rolled down the window.

“It’s about time.” Maria complained. But Michael was looking past her at Mark.

“What are you doing out here?” Michael asked him sternly.

“Just keeping her company.” Mark said innocently.

“Well don’t.” Michael said and narrowed his eyes. “Maria, get in the car.”

Maria pushed past Mark and got in the car. Michael sped away before she could even close the door.

“I would like to arrive alive.” She said putting on her seat belt.

“I hate that guy.” Michael said ignoring her.

“That makes two of us.” She muttered.

“So get a new job.” He said

“Michael. I don’t want to talk about this. Anyway, are you coming with me tomorrow night because I was talking with Julia and she wants me to get there earlier than usual because there has been some problem with the lighting or something like that.” Maria said trying to change the subject.

“What’s going on tomorrow?”

She snapped her head towards him. “Hello???? Are you home??? Tomorrow night I’m singing my new set.”

“Oh yeah. Can’t make it. Sorry.”

“Whoa. Hold on. You can’t make it??? You’re sorry??? Michael you haven’t missed any of my first night performances. You always come. Surprisingly, you’ve made it to every one and now all of a sudden you’re sorry? Can't make it???” She said with her voice getting higher and higher.

“I know. I’m always there, every opening night. So what’s the big deal if I miss one freaking night?”

"That’s not the point Michael and you know it. The point is that this is the one thing that I have had since I left my whole life in Roswell. I’ve had you coming to see me sing on my opening night. What the hell is so important that you can’t come?” She demanded.

“Nothing. Don’t worry about it. It’s just something I got to take care of.” He said calmly.

“Well, that makes me feel a whole lot better. Knowing that ‘nothing’ is more important than me.” She muttered and his cell phone began to ring.

“Maria-“ He pleaded.

“Your phone is ringing.” She said rudely and turned away from him to look out the window. He answered the phone and she listened to his conversation.

“Hey Danny…No, not tomorrow night…I got something to do…all right…fine, the night after tomorrow…yeah…later.” He hung up the phone and pulled onto their street.

“What did he want?” She asked referring to his boss at the security company he worked for.

“He wanted me to do some training a couple of towns over.”

“And you said 'no' because of this 'none important' thing that you have to do tomorrow?”

“Yeah” He said simply as he parked on the street in front of Max’s car because Kyle and Isabel were already parked in the driveway.

“Well I am glad that this thing you are doing tomorrow is so 'not important' that you can blow off work and your girlfriend.” She snapped and got out the car.

Michael got out of the car and watched her storm into the house. He thought about the package under the bed.

“It’s the most important thing I have ever had to do in my entire life.” He said to himself.



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posted on 16-Jul-2002 2:20:18 PM
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posted on 17-Jul-2002 1:51:50 PM
Here's the next part...please let me know what you think!


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After leaving Michael in the car outside, Maria entered the house to find it empty.

“Hello?” She called as she threw her purse on the couch and kicked off her shoes. “Anybody home?”

She knew that they were all home because she and Michael had to park on the street because Kyle, Isabel and Max’s cars were already outside. Where is everyone? She thought as she made her way to the kitchen. But then she heard laughter coming from the backyard. She smiled to herself. Since the warmer weather had come, they all liked to sit out in the backyard and talk.

Maria heard her stomach growl and she opened the fridge. There were two pizza boxes inside. She grabbed a paper plate and grabbed two slices of pizza. As she was closing the fridge she heard the front door close and she knew that Michael had finally come in from where she left him. Maria rolled her eyes and sighed. Michael was really getting on her nerves lately. He was keeping something from her and she hated it!

She poured herself a glass of water and heard him clear his throat from behind her. She stood up straight but didn’t turn to face him.

“Look Maria, I really don’t want to fight with you.” She heard Michael say softly.

“Than tell me what you’re up to. What‘s this big secret?” She demanded with her back still to him.

“There is no secret.” He emphasized and she could tell that he had moved closer to her.

She spun around and their faces were inches apart. They locked eyes.

“You’re lying.” She stated sadly. He shifted his eyes uncomfortably. And that movement told her her suspicions were true. Michael was keeping something from her.

Maria turned and picked up her plate and glass. When she turned back around Michael was just staring at her waiting to see if she was going to say anything else.

Maria stared at him for a moment and then laughed sadly and shook her head. “You were never a very good liar Michael.”

“Maria, I’m sorry, okay? What do you want me to say?” Michael said frustrated.

Maria brushed past him. “You don’t have to say anything Michael. All you do is lie anyway, I can’t believe anything you say, so save your breath.”

“Maria!” Michael yelled angrily but she continued to make her way out of the kitchen.

Maria walked down the hall with her plate and glass. She could feel the tears piling underneath her eyelids. You will not cry. Be strong DeLuca. Don’t cry for him. She coaxed herself as she approached the glass sliding doors that led out to the backyard. She chocked back her tears and opened the glass doors to the backyard. She put on a smile when she saw all her friends outside.

Max and Kyle were running around the backyard with their shirts off playing football and Liz and Isabel were sitting at the patio table flipping through magazines.

“Hey look! Maria’s home!” Kyle yelled happily and ran over to her. He slung his arm around her shoulder. She gave him a confused looked.

“Kyle! I was only gone a couple hours. I had no idea that you were going to go through withdrawals.” She joked totally confused by his greeting.

“Well I’m just really happy to see you.” He said casually and shot a look over to Isabel. She gave a short shake of her head. Then Kyle remembered that they were going to announce that he and Isabel were now a couple when everyone was together.

“Hey, where’s Michael?” Kyle asked as casual as he could.

“Did you miss him too?” Maria asked giving a confused look to Liz, but Liz looked just as baffled as she did.

“Hey Max! You gotta be more careful when playing football with Kyle, I think you caused some brain damage.” Liz joked to Max who was still standing in the middle of the backyard with a football in his hand.

“Yeah and I’m gonna cause some more. Get over here Valenti.” Max called throwing the football from hand to hand.

Kyle gave Maria a longing look and she started laughing. “Michael’s in the kitchen, he’ll be out in a minute.”

Kyle smiled and gave Isabel a quick wink that no one else saw. Then he ran over to join Max.

Maria sighed and sat down at the patio table beside Liz and across from Isabel. The two guys resumed their football game laughing and yelling at each other.

“So what the hell is wrong with Kyle?” Maria asked as she took a drink of her water.

Isabel quickly looked up and waved her hand in the air. “Oh, you know Kyle. He’s not all there.” She said nervously. The other two girls didn’t notice the look of relief on Isabel’s face when they didn’t push the subject any further.

“Oh! So tell me…how was your final?” Maria asked Liz referring to the final that Liz had taken at the university that morning.

Liz smiled and looked up from the magazine she was leafing through. “Um…it was okay.”

“Oh, come on! Did you ace it or what?” Maria pressed with a huge grin on her face.

“Yeah…Yeah, I think I did.” Liz admitted with a shy smile on her face.

“You go girl!” Maria said pushing her arm playfully.

“Congratulations.” Isabel put in sincerely.

“Whoo! Liz Evans on her way to be some big famous science…” Maria trailed off trying to find the right word. “…person.” She finished lamely and the three girls broke out in laughter.

Maria was just about to pick up her slice of pizza when she heard Max yell. “Look out!”

Maria brought her eyes up from the plate to see the football heading straight for the table. But then all of a sudden the football stopped in mid-air and hit the ground just behind Isabel’s chair. She turned her head to see Michael standing just outside of the sliding doors with his arm held out in front of him. He walked over and picked the football up off the ground.

“Nice save Michael.” Liz told him.

“Yeah. You’re my hero!” Isabel cried jokingly. He gave Liz and Isabel a dry smile. Then he turned and gave Maria a sharp look.

“Oh yeah, he’s just a regular Prince Charming.” Maria said, her voice dripping with sarcasm and a hint of anger as Michael walked away to join Max and Kyle.

“Trouble in paradise?” Isabel questioned noticing the tension between Michael and Maria.

“What else is new?” Maria sighed as she watched Michael rip off his shirt and join the football game.

Liz and Isabel could tell that Maria didn’t want to go into any detail, so they left it at that.

Maria was glad they didn’t press her for any details. She really didn’t feel like talking about Michael at the moment. But, she knew that when she did want to talk about it, Liz and Isabel would be there to listen to her bitch as they had countless times before.

Maria heard some yelling and saw that Michael and Max had ganged up on Kyle and had him pinned to the ground.

“Boys” Liz sighed pretending to be disgusted and switched magazines with Isabel. Maria smiled in agreement and picked up a slice of pizza and realized that it was cold.

“Shit! I forgot to heat it up.” Maria said and threw it back on the plate.

Without looking up from her magazine, Liz reached over and waved her hand over the pizza, instantly heating it up.

“Thanks. What would I do without you alien freaks?” Maria joked and took a bite of the pizza.

“You would be totally lost and misguided in this cruel mysterious world.” Isabel said in a serious tone with a smirk on her face.

“Ha! Ha!” Maria said sarcastically. “You know what? It is like so not fair that I don’t have any alien powers.” She complained while eating her pizza.

Liz and Isabel exchanged a knowing look. They had had this conversation with Maria many times, often laughing at her frustration.

“I mean, I would make a good alien, right? What makes a good alien anyway? All my friends are aliens and I have to sit around like a helpless loser and have them heat up my pizza!!!” She rambled on not angry, just babbling.

“Maria the only way, that we know of, to become an alien is to have Max heal you. What do you want? Someone to shoot you or something?” Isabel said throwing her magazine to the side.

“Would you? Pretty please???” Maria joked. “It’s just frustrating sometimes, being the only one that doesn’t have ‘special powers’. You guys don’t know how it feels to be the only human in this house. Especially when you have Kyle bugging the shit out of for the sole reason that he has alien powers and I don’t.”

"You are so weird…Remember a long time ago when you wanted to get away from all the alien chaos? And now you want to be an alien? I don’t get you sometimes Maria.” Liz said leaning towards Maria and smiling.

“Whatever. That was a long time ago.” Maria replied with a smirk.

The two girls broke out in laughter and noticed that Isabel had turned around in her chair and was watching the guys play football.

“Hey Izzy! What do you keep staring at? It’s not like you haven’t seen the three stooges without their shirts before.” Maria said noticing that Isabel had kept turning and staring at the guys playing football.

“What? Oh nothing…Just watching the game.” She said with a small smile. Maria and Liz exchanged a look but didn’t say anything because the guys were making their way to the table. They approached the table and Max walked up behind Liz and wrapped his arms around her shoulders.

“Eww! You’re all sweaty!” She squealed with a big grin on her face. He leaned down and kissed the top of her head.

Maria smiled and then looked at Michael. He quickly averted his eyes from her icy stare. She then turned to Isabel and saw that Kyle was leaning down to her and they were whispering to each other.

“And what are you two whispering about?” She questioned raising her eyebrows.

Kyle abruptly stood up. Isabel turned her head to look at him. He smiled at her and she nodded.

Kyle cleared his throat and put his hand on Isabel’s shoulder. “We have an announcement to make.”

Maria smiled because she had a feeling that she knew what was coming. Max stood up straight and gave them a puzzled look. Michael who was standing next to Kyle looked as puzzled as Max. And Liz glanced at Maria because she was thinking the exact same thing.

“Well…what is it Kyle?” Max asked him.

Kyle suddenly got a nervous look on his face. He cleared his throat again and Isabel gave his hand a squeeze.

“Well…Isabel and I…we have been…well, we are…” Kyle stuttered. He was really nervous. He and Max had a shady past and even though they were friends now, he didn’t know how Max was going to react to the fact that he was dating his sister.

“Kyle! What is it?” Max asked seeing that Kyle was difficulty spitting out whatever it was he was trying to spit out.

Kyle smiled nervously. “Well, Isabel and I we are…we are…”

“Kyle and I are in love! We’re a couple now.” Isabel blurted out and stood up to stand beside Kyle.

Maria and Liz both broke out in huge grins. Michael looked very amused and had a smirk on his face. Max’s face, though, was expressionless. He walked around the table and approached Kyle. Michael moved out of the way, unsure about what was going to happen. Maria and Liz glanced at each other also unsure about what was going to take place.

Kyle got butterflies in his stomach when Max approached him. Oh God! Max is going to kill me. He’s going to kill me!!! Kyle’s mind ran frantic with worry. Isabel, noticing that Kyle was tensing up grabbed his hand and gave it a squeeze.

Max stepped up to Kyle and Kyle squeezed his eyes shut anticipating a punch or kick. But, it never came. He heard Isabel stifle a giggle and he opened his eyes. Max Evans was standing right in front of him with his hand extended. Kyle’s eyes bulged out in shock.

“What…” Kyle stammered and Max grinned. Kyle shook his hand uncertainly.

“I know you think that I am going to kill you because Izzy is my sister and all, but I’m not. As long as she is happy, than I am happy. As a matter of fact, you both deserve to happy. And if that means you guys are together, then be together. You guys deserve it.”

Kyle stood there in silence for a second still shaking his hand. “Well…that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.” He said and began to pull his hand away but Max grabbed onto it tighter.

“But, if you hurt her, I will be forced to kill you.” Max said with a smirk and released his hand. Kyle smiled at him and nodded his head vigorously.

Max turned to Isabel who had tears in her eyes. He walked over and embraced her in a huge hug. As they were hugging Kyle turned to Michael.

“Any smart-ass remarks Guerin?” Kyle asked.

Michael shook his head laughing. “I knew it would happen sooner or later.”

Maria and Liz, who had been observing in silence, ran over squealing and hugged Kyle.

“You guys are so cute together.” Liz said smiling happily.

“I knew you guys had a moment this morning.” Maria giggled happily.

“Nothing gets by you DeLuca.” Kyle said grinning like a fool.

Meanwhile Max pulled away from Isabel’s hug. “I am really happy for you.” He said sincerely.

“Good, you don’t know how much it means to us. We were kinda wondering how you were going to react.” Isabel said wiping the tears from her eyes. Then she added proudly. “Even though I don’t need your approval.”

“Right.” Max said smiling.

Maria and Liz interrupted by embracing Isabel.

“We knew it!” They exclaimed at the same time. Isabel laughed and hugged her two best friends tighter.

When they had all settled down Maria observed her friends that stood around her. Kyle and Isabel stood together grinning like idiots. Max and Liz stood together and Max had his arm draped around Liz. They were looking at Kyle and Isabel with grins that were practically identical to the ones on Kyle and Isabel’s faces. It’s so perfect. She thought to herself.

Then she glanced at Michael who was standing just behind Max. He looked at her sadly and then walked into the house.

Well, not entirely perfect. She thought sadly.


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As Maria sadly watched Michael walk away from her, Agent Daniel Pierce was holding a meeting in the secret underground government compound an hour away from the gang’s house.

He sat at the head of a metal table with his agents sitting silently wondering what the meeting was about.

Agent Stevens sat to his left, Agent Johnson sat to his right and Agent Mullins (whom he extremely despised) was sitting right across from him.

"All right. Let’s get this started. I called this meeting to let you all know that our plan will be in full effect in just over twenty-four hours.” Agent Pierce said looking intently at his entourage.

“And what plan would that be?” Agent Mullins asked with his cocky voice that Pierce hated.

“Well I am not going to go into too many details, for my own reasons, but I am going to show you the key element to the new plan.” He said pulling something out of his briefcase. He passed it to Agent Steven’s and continued on.

“This is the key element to our plan. A very crucial part that will ensure that we get what we want.” Agent Pierce said looking straight at Agent Mullins.

Agent Mullin’s sat quietly waiting for the “crucial part of the plan’ to be passed over to him.

Agent Stevens handed it over to him and Mullins looked at it smiling. It was a photograph of a young innocent looking woman with blonde hair. Maria DeLuca. Mullins thought recognizing her from the surveillance that he had been a part of.

“Guerin’s bitch.” Mullins said smiling as he passed the photo onto Agent Johnson.

“Maria DeLuca.” Agent Pierce corrected. “She will soon be taking up residence with us. As part of the plan of course.”

“Of course.” Agent Stevens repeated frowning.

Mullins smiled and gestured to look at the photo again. Pierce slid it across the table to him.

He picked it up and looked at it closely. Maria DeLuca. Going to be taking up residence with us here soon. Mullins thought and a sly smile played on his lips. She’s cute. Blonde, blue eyes, innocent…just my type.



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posted on 22-Jul-2002 12:04:41 AM
Hey, thanks for the feedback...here is the next part.

One thing though: I can't get the italics to work so everyone's inner thoughts will be identified with *'s
Example: *That Michael Guerin is so fine* (lol).

Also, I am going to post in two parts because it's kinda long and I don't know if it will fit....
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“I really do love her.” Michael heard Kyle say as he walked out of the kitchen and entered the living room where Kyle and Max were playing video games.

Max laughed at Kyle while Michael settled himself into the reclining chair next to the couch his two friends were sitting on.

“Yeah Kyle! We know! You’ve been repeating yourself for over an hour man.” Michael said watching them play the racing game that they all were addicted to.

“I know but-“

“YOU LOVE HER!” Michael cut him off exasperated. They had come in from the backyard over an hour ago and that’s all that Kyle had been saying.

“You don’t have to try and convince us, we know you do.” Max said not taking his eyes off the game on the television screen.

“I’m not trying to convince you!” Kyle insisted while furiously pushing the buttons on his game controller.
Michael snorted and leaned back on the chair.

“I’m not!” Kyle insisted again. “It’s just nice to talk about it finally.”

Michael heard Max curse as Kyle beat him at the game and they immediately started a new one. He put his arms behind his head and turned to Kyle.

“Kyle man, it’s cool that you guys are together and I know you’re busting to finally talk about it. But remember who you’re talking to.”

Kyle paused the game and looked at Michael.

“Hey!” Max exclaimed looking at the still television screen but Kyle ignored him.

“I thought you guys were cool with it?” Kyle inquired and his confused look turned to one of worry.

“No! Kyle, you don’t get it!” Michael exclaimed raising his voice; not in anger but out of frustration. Max bit the inside of his cheek to keep from laughing because he knew what Michael was getting at.

“You see Kyle,” Michael continued. “Max, here, is Isabel’s brother. And I am practically her brother. I mean we consider each other family…”

“Yeah I know that. You three have this unbreakable bond…blah, blah, blah.” Kyle said genuinely confused.

“Exactly! So we really don’t want to have to listen to you go on and on about her. ‘Isabel this’ and ‘Isabel that.’ Usually, under normal circumstances, Maxwell and I have the right to hate you and beat the crap out you; as part of the un-written code of brother’s verses their sister’s boyfriends.” He flashed Kyle a quick smile. “Which we wouldn’t do because we think it’s great that you two are together. But, don’t push your luck because we can still beat the crap out of you for being annoying.”

Kyle looked at Michael, then turned to Max and then turned back to Michael. Michael and Max were both smiling. Kyle leaned forward and placed his hands together towards Michael as if he were praying. His lips were pursed and his face was expressionless. He sat like that for a moment and Michael and Max watched him amused.

“I think that I have lost my mind.” Kyle finally said in a serious tone and then raised his voice and continued. “Of course you don’t want to hear me talking about Isabel like that. I’ve been going on and on about her like an idiot. What is wrong with me?”

“You’re in love.” Max stated patting him on the back. “Just try not to go on and on about it or go into too much detail. It’s kinda weird to sit and listen to it.”

“Yeah, no problem. It just feels good to talk about it, ya know? Cause I really lo-“

“LOVE HER! We know!” Michael cut him off and threw himself back against the chair.

“Shit! Sorry.” Kyle said. But all three of them burst out laughing.

“Let’s finish the game.” Max told Kyle gesturing towards the television. Kyle nodded and they resumed the game.

Michael put his hands behind his head once again and watched his two best friends play the game with a smile on his face. It was good to see his friends so happy. Especially Max. Michael noticed that once away from Roswell, Max had a fun side. He was still typical Max who was very serious and looked at things prospectively, but he smiled more now. He showed his humorous side more often. Hell, Michael himself had loosened up more. He was more open with his feelings, not a lot, but it was a start. He also smiled more and he smiled more with Max.

The past couple of years in Roswell had put a humongous strain on their friendship. It had gotten pretty intense between them many times; but they had hung on. Over all getting out of Roswell had been really good for the two of them. Michael and Max got to gain the friendship that they never had. They still had arguments, but not nearly as bad as when they were living in Roswell.

When Michael got away from that town it was almost as if a weight had been taken off his chest. He was being given a second chance, which he gladly took. Due to the secret that he and his friends shared, none of them thought it was possible to become any closer. But, after leaving Roswell their bond had become stronger than ever. In Michael’s case especially. He was always afraid of letting people get too close, but all of that changed. Aside from the greater friendship he gained with Max, Michael and Kyle had become the best of friends. They got on each other’s nerves but there was no denying the affection that they had for each other. Michael had also formed an unsuspecting friendship with Liz. They had never been that close and Michael had often neglected to acknowledge Liz as part of his circle of friends. It was just the way he was. Michael and Liz now had a genuine friendship; they had actual conversations with each other and would often go out alone to hang out. Michael’s relationship with Isabel had probably been the best one he had while he was in Roswell and nothing had changed. Even though they were ‘destined’ to be together, she was his sister and they continued to look after one another.

And then there was Maria. Michael sighed and closed his eyes. He tuned the sounds out of Max and Kyle paying video games. Maria made him feel things that he never thought were possible for him to feel. There was something about her. She meant the world to Michael, even if he didn’t act like it all the time. Upon leaving Roswell they had clung to each other and helped each other with the stress of leaving everything behind. Since leaving they had grown up and matured together, their relationship became solid. But sometimes, like now, Michael felt like they were back in Roswell.

*What am I going to do about her?* He wondered to himself.

But before he could begin to think of an answer, his thoughts were interrupted by muffled giggling.

Michael groaned and shot a look to his closed bedroom door that was visible from were he was sitting. The bedroom that was currently occupied with Maria, Liz and Isabel.

“Why do they always have to hang out in my room?” Michael complained and another burst of muffled laughter shot out from behind the closed bedroom door.

“Because we fight for our bedrooms.” Max joked and then swiftly pressed the buttons on the game controller in his hand and beat Kyle at the game again.

Kyle threw down his controller and turned the game off.

“Plus Maria has you whipped.” Kyle said and proceeded to make whipping noises.

Michael shot his arm out and punched Kyle on the shoulder. “What the hell do they do in there all the time?”

“They’re doing Maria’s hair.” Kyle said acting excited.

That was true. When the three girls went into the bedroom, they had said that they were doing Maria’s hair. So they had gone into the bedroom while the three guys had settled in the living room. Twenty minutes later, Maria had emerged wearing a pair of Michael’s boxers and one of his shirts. She went into the kitchen and grabbed some drinks. Michael knew that she would have totally ignored them if Kyle hadn’t acknowledged her.

“Your hair looks better like that.” He had said referring to her now blonde hair that had transformed from a soft red color that it was earlier.

“Yeah, I was getting kinda bored of the red.” She had said only looking in the direction of Max and Kyle. “Besides, I gotta take advantage of having my own
personal hairstylist.”

And with that she had walked back into the bedroom, not looking in Michael’s direction once.

Michael tore his mind away from the memory of the scene that had occurred almost an hour ago.

“You saw her come out. Isabel had her hair done in fifteen minutes. Less than that…all she has to do is wave her hand over her head. I could do that in less than five seconds.” Michael said stifling a yawn.

“She won’t let you. I tried to do her hair this morning.” Kyle said seriously and Michael rolled his eyes.

“Plus Michael, she also went in there to bitch about you.” Max cut in.

“Yeah, I know. Thanks for reminding me.” Michael sighed.

That was also true. Soon after closing the bedroom, they could all here the shouting coming from the room. Even though it was muffled, there was no doubt it was Maria. And there was no doubt that she was bitching about Michael.

Michael thought about it for a moment and then got angry. “What right does she have to bitch about me in my own room? It’s my room too, right?” His voice began to rise and Max and Kyle nodded with smirks on their faces. Michael continued. “I mean, she has no right to take her friends into OUR bedroom and bitch about me. She’s wearing my clothes for God’s sake!”

“Yeah! Fight the power!” Kyle couldn’t help but joke.

Max noticed that Michael was getting ready to go over and confront Maria, so he intervened. “Michael, I don’t think it is a good idea to confront Maria right now.”

Michael sighed and knew that Max was right. He hated when Max was right.

“I just don’t know what to do! She knows I’m lying…” Michael trailed off.

“Don’t sweat it man.” Kyle said yawning. “You only have to hold off until tomorrow.”

“Yeah, tomorrow it’ll all be out in the open and she’ll know everything.” Max said and yawned as Kyle had.

“If I make it to tomorrow.” Michael muttered and Kyle and Max looked at him genuinely confused. Michael sighed, for what seemed to he the hundredth time that night, and looked at them seriously. “She may try to kill me in my sleep.”

Max and Kyle nodded solemnly while trying to keep grins from breaking out across their faces.

“Well good luck with that,” Kyle said and stood up to stretch. “What time is it?”

“Almost one.” Max said leaning up against the fireplace.

“Shit. I gotta get some sleep. Some people do work you know…” Kyle mocked.

“Hey! When you’re a supervisor you get special privileges.” Michael said with a shrug.

“They finish renovating next week.” Max said referring to the insurance company he worked for.

“Whatever!” Kyle said acting as if he were upset.

Michael pushed himself up off the chair. “Well, I guess it’s time to break up the Three Stooges meeting.”
He approached the bedroom door and heard more giggling. When he knocked it immediately stopped.

“Hey!” Isabel said as she opened the door and saw Michael standing there. She could see Max and Kyle looking very tired and standing in the living room behind Kyle. She shot Kyle a big grin. He sent her a grin/yawn back.

“It’s bedtime girls.” Michael said in a fatherly tone. Maria and Liz walked up to the door.

“Wow! It’s pretty late.” Isabel exclaimed glancing at her watch.

“Yeah, time flies…” Liz trailed off and yawned. “…you know…” She finished to Michael who couldn’t help but smile.

Isabel and Liz stepped out of the bedroom and said goodnight.

Michael went to walk into the bedroom but Maria stood with her hands stretched out to block his path.
*Oh come on!* He thought as she stood there with a very pissed off look on her face. They stood there looking at each other for a moment and then she put one hand down. *Thank you*. He thought thinking that she was letting him pass, but she just quickly pulled up his boxers which were slipping off her narrow waist.*Man, she looks hot!!*

“I’m so glad you find this funny.” She said and then Michael realized that he had a grin on his face.

“Maria…come on! What are you doing?”

“I want to know what the hell you are up to and I’m not letting you in until you tell me.” She said defiantly.

Michael heard movement behind him and turned around, Max, Liz, Isabel and Kyle were all still standing there. Michael was blocking Max and Liz’s way to their bedroom in the basement but he didn’t care. He was starting to get mad. He looked at his friends exasperated.

Both Max and Liz wouldn’t meet his eyes, they looked very uncomfortable. Isabel just looked plainly bored; she was staring at her nails. Michael knew that she was only there because she was waiting for Kyle. When Michael looked at him, he was smiling, obviously enjoying this in a way that only Kyle Valenti could. *I’ll get you Valenti*.

“This isn’t funny.” He told Maria when he turned back to face her.

“Am I laughing?” She asked glaring up at him.

“What do you want me to say?” He demanded.

“Tell me what you’re up to!”

“Nothing!” He exclaimed with wide eyes. She crossed her arms over her chest.

“You’re lying! And until you tell me the truth, I don’t want anything to do with you.” She said and he could see her starting to flush.

A though popped into his head and before he could stop it, it escaped from his lips. “Those are my boxers. They have a lot to do with me.”

Maria glared at him and Michael could never remember a time when she has seemed so angry. Then, to Michael’s shock, she swiftly whipped off the boxer shorts and threw them at him. She was now only clad in his shirt, showing off her slender legs. Slight shifts in her movements made it possible to see the black panties she was wearing underneath, but she didn’t seem to care. She just continued to glare at him totally oblivious to their audience.

He just stood there, speechless, staring at the petite girl, whom he loved, but was not sure how to react to.

posted on 22-Jul-2002 12:11:40 AM
Here's the next part!!!!!!!!!
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The silence was broken by smart-ass Kyle who was sitting on the arm of the couch watching the argument unfold before him. “Hey, isn’t that Michael’s shirt too?”

At that moment everything seemed to happen at once.

Isabel, who was standing beside Kyle, slapped in the back of the head.

“Ow!” Kyle muttered but no one really heard it due to Michael and Maria.

They had both turned to him and told him to “SHUT UP!”

Then a shocked Liz yelled Kyle’s name as Max walked over to Michael.

“Hey! I was trying to lighten up the mood. I didn’t really mean for her to take her top off.” Kyle said defensively.

“You’re getting on my last nerve Valenti.” Maria threatened glaring at him.

“OKAY! Everyone calm down.” Max said and walked up beside Maria. He put his arm around her shoulders. “Let’s all just go to bed to give us some time to calm down.”

Everyone was silent for a moment.

Michael rubbed his hand over his face and broke the silence. “You’re right Maxwell, sleep sounds good right about now.”

“Okay.” Max said and nodded.
“Hey, I’m sorry.” Kyle apologized to Maria.

She gave him a quick smile and then resumed to her pissed off look.

“Okay. Goodnight.” Kyle said curtly.

Michael walked towards the bedroom door.

“Oh no. I told you. You’re not sleeping in here.” Maria said and pushed him away. Kyle, who was on his way to his bedroom, stopped when he heard Maria.

“Maria-“

“NO! Until you tell me what is going on, you’re not sleeping in here.”

Michael groaned in frustration. “Maria, I swear to-“

“No!” Maria exclaimed and grabbed Liz’s arm as she tried to slip past Michael. “Liz is sleeping in here tonight, so you can find somewhere else to sleep.”

Maria pulled Liz into the bedroom.

“Maria this is ridiculous.” Michael stated.

“YOU are the one who is ridiculous!” Maria said with narrowed eyes.

“Maria” Liz whispered. “You guys need to talk, you don’t need me to stay here.”

Maria turned to look at her. “Yes, I do Liz. I need you.” Liz nodded seeing the desperation in Maria’s eyes.

“So it’s settled. Liz and I are sleeping together tonight.” Maria told Michael who was still standing there. “Shut up Kyle.” She added before he could say anything.

He shrugged and walked away with Isabel who gave Maria the thumbs-up.

“Fine, Maria, if you want to act childish, go ahead.” Michael said and went to sit on the couch.

“Yeah! And you’re so mature!” She yelled at him.

Liz walked up behind Maria. “Maria, let me say goodnight to Max and then we’ll go to bed.”

Maria stepped back and Liz approached Max. “Sorry.” She whispered.

“It’s okay.” He said and kissed the tip of her nose. “I’ll miss you.”

“I’ll miss you more.” She said sweetly and kissed his soft lips.

“No, I’ll miss you more.” He said running his hand through her hair.

Maria walked up and pulled Liz back into the bedroom. She closed the door just so that her body was showing and Liz was blocked from view. Then she turned to Max. “You make me sick! It’s one freaking night!”

Max looked at her and then saw her eyes soften. She leaned over to him and whispered. “Can you please give Romeo over there some pointers.”

Max glanced over his shoulder at Michael and then turned back to Maria. “You love him just the way he is.”

“Yeah, but don’t tell him that.” She said and smiled at him.

Max leaned over and kissed her on the forehead. “Goodnight Maria. Take care of my wife that you are holding captive.”

“Will do.”

Michael got up and walked over to the door. “Goodnight Liz!” He called over Maria’s head.

“'Night Michael!” Liz called back. Maria shot him a death stare and slammed the door.

Max turned to Michael. “You wanna crash downstairs?”

“Yeah.”

They headed down to the basement in silence. They pulled off their shirts and Max jumped into his bed.
Michael turned off the light and laid down on the couch.
“Sometimes I wonder Maxwell.” Michael finally said.

“Wonder what?” Max mumbled.

“How I could love someone so much and practically want to kill them at the same time.”

Max let out a laugh. “That’s when you know you’re in true love. Besides tomorrow everything will be fine.”

“I hope so.”

They left the conversation at that. But just as Michael was drifting off he heard Max say: “Doesn’t this remind you of when you would crawl through my window in Roswell to crash?”

“Yeah. But now at least I get a couch instead of a sleeping bag.” Michael replied and they both burst out laughing.

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“I’m sorry for acting so immature, but I needed to take you as my hostage.” Maria said once she and Liz were in bed.

“Hostage?” Liz questioned and rolled onto her side to face Maria.

“Well, yeah. I needed you to sleep in here so Michael wouldn’t try to sneak in here and I know he won’t if you’re here. So, I’m sorry.”

“Oh Maria. I don’t mind. You know I’m here whenever you need me.” Liz said sincerely to her best friend.

“Yeah, I know. That’s why I love you chica.” Maria said smiling.

“I love you too. Now, let’s go to sleep.”

“Yeah. Goodnight.” Maria said and yawned.

“Goodnight.”

They laid there in silence for a moment and then Maria turned to look at her. “Liz?”

“Yeah?”
“Dou you think it’s possible to want to kill someone and love them more than anything else in the world?” Maria asked drifting off to sleep.

“You and Michael are in love, Maria. True love.” Liz replied watching Maria close her eyes and fall asleep.

Liz watched her for a moment. Then she got a bad feeling in the bottom of her stomach.

*It’s nothing*. She thought. But it seemed as if it had turned up a little. *Something bad is going to happen*.

“Oh stop it!” She said aloud and rolled onto her back.

But she reminded herself that she had to talk to Max about it tomorrow. They hadn’t got a chance to talk about it today. Something was definitely wrong.
Sleep soon started to take over and she glance at Maria one more time.

Her friend was sleeping peacefully but just as Liz slipped into dreamland a thought about Maria crossed her mind.

*This may be the last time I ever see her*.

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Just a side note, I am going away for a week so an update won't be made probably until the following week, but please leave some feedback because I will be looking forward to it when I come home.

posted on 27-Jul-2002 6:14:50 PM
Hey,
I just got home from my little vacation and just stopped in for a moment...

Well I have to say it is kinda sad to see only one piece of feedback, but BlondeDramaQueen: I Thank You!!!!

I am gald that you like it and the new part will up either later tonight or tomorrow...

As long as one person is reading it I will continue to post because I really enjoy writing this and I am glad that at least one person is also enjoying it!!!!!
posted on 28-Jul-2002 7:04:43 PM
Hi!!!

Rapunzel: Do not feel bad! I am glad that you are still out there reading my work. (I love Kyle too) I am trying to keep his good humored characteristics in this story. Thank you for letting me know that you are still reading!!!

Andie S.: I thank you for the great feedback and I am going to check my b-mail right now!!! Thanks again!

New part is going to be out very soon!
posted on 2-Aug-2002 12:34:11 AM
Hey guys,

I was having some trouble with my computer..sorry.

To Andie S. I didn't get your b-mail, so please don't think I am a b**ch for not responding!!!!!!

Well here is the next part and I really hope that you like it!!!!!

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“You look beautiful.” Liz heard Max say as she entered the living room. She had just come upstairs after having a shower and dressing in beautiful white summer dress.

“Why thank you.” She replied and gave a little curtsy.

Max chuckled and pulled her into an embrace. He kissed the top of her head and she pulled away, looking up at him seriously.

“What?” He questioned knowing that something was wrong.

“Well, we were supposed to talk about something yesterday, but everything kinda got side-tracked with Maria making me stay in her room last night. So I thought we could talk about it now.” She replied and led him over to the couch. They sat down beside each other.

“Yeah. We were supposed to talk about your powers.”

“Max, I don’t think it’s my powers. I don’t know what it is.”

“Well that means it could be your powers right?” He questioned and took her hand in his.

“It could…but I don’t think so.” She said and frowned.

“Okay, let’s start from the beginning. Tell me everything.”

“Well, it started a few weeks ago. Just that bad feeling in the pit of your stomach. Do you know what I mean?” He nodded and she continued. “Well, sometimes it worse than other’s and sometimes I can’t even feel it at all. But last night…” She trailed off and looked away with her eyes wandering around the room

“What about last night?” He asked softly and put his hand on the side of her face and turned her head to face him.

“Well, Maria feel asleep before me and I was lying there just thinking and then I got the feeling again but it was worse this time. It was like something really, really bad was going to happen. And I remember thinking something right as I feel asleep, but when I woke up I couldn’t remember what it was. All I know is…” Max gave her an encouraging smile and she blurted out. “All I know is that it scared me Max. Whatever travelled through my mind at that moment scared me. It scared me to death.”

Max saw the fear in Liz’s eyes and he pulled her close to him. “Shh, it’s okay. It’s okay.”

Liz stayed in the safety of his strong arms for a moment before pulling away and looking up into his eyes.

“What are we going to do?”

“I don’t know.” He said and turned away from her.

“You don’t believe me do you?” She asked quietly.

“I believe that you believe.” He said and Liz felt strings pull at her heart. Someone she loved very much had told her that years ago. Liz gave him a desperate look.

“Liz, honey, it’s just not much to go on. I know you have a gift but you don’t use it anymore…You don’t even think that you’re powers are back. I don’t know what to do. Maybe you are just nervous.”

“Nervous about what?”

“About tonight.” He replied and took her hand again.

She opened her mouth to say something but Kyle and Isabel entered the living room.

“Hey, where’s Michael?” Isabel asked.

“He left an hour ago.” Max replied turning to face Kyle and Isabel. “He’s got a lot on his mind.” Isabel and Kyle nodded smiling.

“Well are you guys ready to go?” Isabel asked them while grabbing her purse.

Max looked at Liz. She smiled at him and nodded. Max turned to his sister as Kyle was helping her slip on her jacket. “Yeah, were gonna leave in a minute. We’ll meet you there.”

“Okay.” Isabel said. She and Kyle ran out of the house laughing like teenagers.

“Are you okay?” Max asked once Isabel and Kyle were gone.

“Yeah, you’re probably right. I’m just nervous about tonight.” Liz lied while putting on a pretty convincing smile.

Max knew Liz too well though and highly doubted that her smile was genuine. “We can talk more later, I promise.”

“Yeah, okay. Let’s go.” She said and kissed him on the corner of his mouth. They went to the door and Liz grabbed her purse.

“Ready my lady?” Max said holding the door open for her.

“Yes good sir, thank you.” She replied and smiled her first real smile of the day even though it was far past sunset now. She had done a lot of thinking today.

As she made her way to the car, Max’s words ran through her head “I believe that you believe.”

*Alex said that to me when I told him the truth about Max, Michael and Isabel.* She thought and got in the car.

Liz felt Max put his hand on her knee as they drove away from the house. She put her hand over his and they sped away into the night.

*And I was right. He thought that I was just imagining it or something, but I wasn’t. It was real and he saw for himself that I was telling the truth about Max, Michael and Isabel, that they were aliens. And I know I’m right about this…I wish I wasn’t but I am.*

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Maria checked herself out in the mirror. *Lookin’ good*. She thought to herself. She was standing in front of the mirror in the dressing room of the club. Her set was about to start soon. She turned around and checked out her outfit once more. She had to admit that the outfit she had bought earlier was very nice. A sexy black evening dress with spaghetti straps.

She had bought the outfit earlier in the day when Isabel convinced her that they needed to go out and do some serious shopping. Maria knew that Isabel wanted to help Maria take her mind off Michael and it had worked, somewhat. Maria had been glad to get out of the house and away from Michael. After shopping Maria had had to go straight to work so she ended up avoiding Michael for most of the day. They had only seen each other briefly in the morning and he had tried to talk to her but she had walked away.

Maria groaned in frustration and sat down in the make-up chair in front of the mirror. She picked up her eyeliner and tried to concentrate on applying her make-up but thoughts of Michael kept interrupting her. *Why is he doing this?* She wondered. *Why can’t he tell me what is going on?*

Maria sighed. When she and Isabel had been shopping earlier Isabel had told her not to worry because everything was going to be okay.

Isabel’s exact word’s crossed her mind. “Everything is going to be okay.”

Yeah right. She thought. How many times have I heard that ‘everything is going to be okay’? Too many. Back in Roswell it was almost as if her and her friends had a slogan: ‘It’s going to be okay.’

“But was it?” She whispered to herself as she threw down her eyeliner and picked up her lipstick.

No. Nothing was okay. They had almost lost their lives countless times. Alex had been murdered. Max had lost his son and when he finally found him, he ended up giving him up. Maria and Michael had been torn apart. Jim Valenti had lost his job. They had to flee their homes and their families. The list was endless.

‘Whoa, wait a minute. You didn’t have to leave Roswell, you wanted to.’ A voice in the back of Maria’s head told her as she finished off her lipstick. She laughed sadly. And look where it got me. Feeling like I’m right back in Roswell and right back with ‘secretive’ Michael.

Maria put her head down on the table. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even belong with all of them. Maybe I should have stayed in Ros-

“Hey! Are you okay?” Maria heard a voice say and she was jolted out of her thoughts. She spun around to see Julia, her boss, standing behind her.

“Oh hey! Yeah, I’m fine. I didn’t hear you come in.” Maria said and smiled at Julia through the reflection of the mirror.

“You don’t look fine.” Julia stated getting right to the point.

“Thanks.” Maria muttered.

Julia gave a small smile and walked up behind Maria; she put her hands on her shoulders and looked at her concerned through the mirror.

“You still worried about Michael?” Julia asked remembering how upset Maria had seemed yesterday.

Maria nodded and tears began to form under her eyes.

Julia rubbed her shoulders. “Don’t worry. Everything is going to be okay.”

There’s the slogan. Maria thought bitterly. “I know.” She told Julia unconvinced and tried to give her a reassuring smile.

“Do you want to talk about it?”

“No. I’m okay.”

Julia looked at her doubtful.

“Maybe later.” Maria said so Julia would quit worrying.

The two women were silent for a moment.

“Your sets starting soon.” Julia said softly.

“Yeah. Let’s go.” Maria said throwing her make-up in its case.

“Are you sure that you want to go out there?”

Maria was silent for a moment and then she smiled. “Yeah, I’m fine.”

Maria stood up and Julia whistled. “Lookin’ good! New outfit?”

“Yeah, I got it today.” Maria said smiling genuinely.

“You know you’re gonna let me borrow it sometime girl.” Julia said smiling back at her.

“Yeah, I know.” Maria said laughing. That was what she loved about Julia; she could always make her laugh.

They put their arms around each other and started out of the room. Maria paused when they entered the hall.
“If I would have told you that I didn’t want to go on stage tonight, would you have let me leave?” Maria asked her.

“Not a chance. I was just trying to be nice.” Julia replied smiling at her sweetly.

“That’s what I thought.” Maria said and the two girls burst out laughing and continued on their way back-stage.


Michael tapped his fingers nervously on the steering wheel of his car as he was waiting for the red light to change. Calm down Guerin. He commanded himself and turned up his Metallica cd to drown out his thoughts.

The light changed and he sped away.

He drove through the dark streets and quickly glanced at the package on the passenger seat of the car. You can do this.

He drove on and he started to get a headache. He turned the music down and his thoughts took over. Thoughts of Maria. How she had not let him in their room last night and he got stuck downstairs with Max. How she had avoided him when he had tried to talk to her this morning. And then she had left to go shopping with Isabel and went straight to work.

You should have thought of something to tell her. He lectured to himself. But she was right; he was never a very good liar. She would have seen right through me.

“Shit!” He cursed as he almost missed his turn. He swerved the car and someone honked at him. He turned to see the driver and saw that a man was flipping him off.

“Very classy.” Michael muttered and pulled into the parking lot.

He sat there for a moment and then looked at the package. He picked it up and got out of the car.

“You can do this.” He told himself and made his way inside the building.


Agent Pierce stood in the hallway in the underground government compound that he was using to run his current operation.

He stood on one side of the secured door and was watching his prisoner through the glass panel. Pierce watched the prisoner with a smile on his face.

The prisoner was, like the majority of the time, not-conscious. They had given the prisoner drugs a while ago so Pierce imagined that the person was just sleeping. They were no longer on the stretcher but lying on the floor. Pierce watched their chest rise and fall satisfied.

Two days in a row…new record. Pierce thought to himself referring to the recent visits he made to the prisoner. He usually let Agent Stevens or Agent Johnson deal with the prisoner; interrogating them, drugging them up, beating them up. It usually depended on the Agent’s mood. Agent Johnson was the more aggressive one, he liked to hit the prisoner anytime he had a chance. Pierce didn’t mind this at all, as long as the prisoner was kept alive. But Pierce had noticed that Agent Stevens would usually leave the room when the beatings began. Pierce hoped that Stevens wasn’t becoming soft on him, Pierce couldn’t afford it. He had a big operation to pull off. Pierce wouldn’t allow Agent Mullins in with the prisoner because Mullins was a bit off his rocker. He was a damn good agent, but Pierce knew that if Mullins was let in with the prisoner a beating would occur. Again, he had no problem with that; it was just that Pierce wasn’t sure if Mullins would know when to stop. He would probably end up killing the prisoner.

Pierce saw the prisoner shudder in their sleep. Nightmares! Pierce sang happily in his head.

Pierce was not sure if the prisoner was sleeping, out cold, or just appearing to be un-conscious. He didn’t care anyway. He slid the panel across so that the prisoner would be able to hear him.

“One of your friends is coming to join us soon. Now you’ll have some company.” Pierce whispered. He was pretty sure that the prisoner could not hear him, but he said it anyway. Just in case.

Pierce thought of Maria DeLuca and could not wait to see the expression on the prisoner’s face when he brought her in to see them. It was going to be a very fun reunion.

Pierce slid the panel closed and heard footsteps coming towards him. He turned and saw Agent Stevens coming towards him and his expression didn’t look good.

“What?” Pierce barked.

“Well…about the plan with the DeLuca girl.” Agent Stevens said uncertainly.

“What about it?”

“Well sir, there’s um…there’s a little problem…”


“Julia, the lighting problem hasn’t been exactly fixed yet.” Jared, one of Maria’s co-workers told their boss.

“She can still perform right?” Julia questioned referring to Maria who was drinking some water.

“Yeah, but the lightning’s gonna be different than usual.” He turned to Maria. “You may not be able to see the crowd very well, but the stage lights seem to be working fine.”

Maria nodded. “Well, I usually can’t see the crowd very good anyways.”

“Right. Just thought I would let you know.” Jared said and walked away barking orders at someone.

Julia turned to Maria. “You ready?”

Maria finished off the bottle of water and nodded while swallowing.

“Okay. Good.”

“What the hell are you smiling at?” Maria asked her noticing that Julia had a huge grin on her face.

“Nothing. I’m just excited.”

“Julia you’ve seen me perform hundreds of times.” Maria said and ran her hands through her hair.

“Yeah I know.” Julia said fidgeting. “But you know I’m your biggest fan, girl!”

“Yes and by far my weirdest.” Maria replied and the two girls broke out in laughter.

“Alright, I’m gonna go out front, so I’ll see you after the show.” Julia said and Maria nodded looking in the mirror.

But before Julia left she grabbed Maria in a huge hug and then ran off.

“Definitely my weirdest.” Maria muttered. Then she heard the music playing on the speakers in the club turn off and she heard her piano player get on the microphone.

Maria couldn’t help the grin that spread out across her face. No matter what kind of mood she was in or what kind of day she had, going on stage made her forget everything bad. The adrenaline pumped through her body and there was no stopping her.

Brian, her piano player, got the audience to quite down and then he began her introduction. “Ladies and gentlemen I am proud to present, the woman you have all been waiting for…Miss Margarita Salt.”

Maria smiled at her stage name. She really liked it and had decided to use it when she started singing at the club. Most of the customers in the club knew her real name because a lot of them were regulars and she had quite a few fans. But ‘Margarita Salt’ brought back memories of a happy time in her life.

Maria heard the crowds yelling and cheering and her grin spread wider.

She took a deep breath and stepped on stage.

The applause from the crowd instantly became louder and Maria got a natural high.

The lighting was very different and she could just make out the people at the first few tables. She couldn’t tell who they were but she assumed they were part of her regular fans that came in because she could see them waving and clapping furiously. She took her place at the microphone and closed her eyes for a second.

She did this every time she first got on stage. She wanted to savour the moment. The initial excitement of stepping on stage, the feel of the lights on her skin, the sound of the crowd.

She opened her eyes and the piano started to play. This was one of her new songs; it was called “Free.” It was a very slow soft song and Maria swayed her body to the beautiful sounds of the piano keys.

Everything left her mind. Everything that had happened the day before and that morning vanished and Maria prepared to start off her song.

Then the lights went out.

The piano stopped immediately and Maria caught herself before any of the song spilled out of her mouth. Damn lights! She thought angrily.

The club was in total darkness and she could hear some murmuring among the crowd.

“Just some technical difficulties.” Maria said into the microphone, trying to keep the edge out of her voice. “Just give us a moment.”

Maria was about to turn to try and find her way to the back of the stage when the lights came back on.

Well only one.

Maria looked and her mouth dropped open in shock. The club became silent.

There was a spotlight in the crowd and the person standing under it was someone she recognized.
“Michael!” Maria sputtered and the microphone caught her voice slightly.

He stood there for a moment with a smile on his face. Then he made his way towards the stage with the spotlight following him.

What the hell? Maria wondered as her mind began to race. Michael swung himself up on stage and approached her. They had the spotlight on them and the house lights came on but Maria didn’t notice.

“What are you doing?” She asked and an edge of hysteria could be heard in her voice.

Michael smiled at her once more. “Well, I want to apologize…” He trailed off as her eyes opened wide.

“Michael! This is hardly the time or place.” She said harshly and flashed a quick glance to the crowd. Almost instantly she spotted Liz, Max, Isabel and Kyle sitting at a table watching them while smiling.

“Maria. Look just shut up and don’t talk. Let me get this out.” He said softly.

She nodded her head, clearly confused.

“Look, I haven’t been totally honest with you…” He trailed off as she rolled her eyes.

“Michael, if you think that you can come up here and apologize to me and expect me to forgive you because all these people are here…Well, you got another thing coming…” She said defiantly.

“I thought I told you to shut up.” He said with no anger in his voice and then continued. “Okay, I’ve been keeping something from you and it’s nothing to worry about. I couldn’t tell you and I could have been nicer about it, but you know I’m not good at shit like that.”

Maria nodded smiling a little.

“Well the reason I am up here is because I want to tell you something.” He said and moved a little closer to her.

Maria had no idea what was going on. Please don’t let this end up like some Jerry Springer ‘secret.’

“Maria, I love you.” Michael said and smiled when he saw the surprise in her eyes. “I love you Maria, no matter how many times I may not act like it, I do. I know I‘m a pain in the ass and sometimes I wonder how you put with me, but you do. And we’ve had to put up with a lot of stuff together. Bad and good. But we got through it, together.”

Maria nodded and continued to listen, very confused as to what was going on.
“But, there was a time in my life when I could never imagine having someone with me, helping me, loving me…But then you came. You showed me things I never thought were possible for me to feel or think. You showed me love and you showed me how to love. And for that I am forever thankful to you and in all my lifetime, I don’t think I can ever repay you.” Michael stopped for a moment to compose him.

Maria had watched in silence as he talked and she watched the tears fill behind his eyelids. She watched in silence and didn’t even realize that her own tears had begun to form. At that moment Maria wanted to pull him to her and never let him go. Nothing else mattered to her right then, not their stupid fight, not anything.

Michael blinked back his tears and continued while looking her straight in her beautiful blue eyes. “The reason that I have been lying to you is because I had a surprise for you.”

Maria let out a sob/laugh thinking that his speech had been the surprise.

“I got you something.” Michael said and pulled a small velvet box out of his pocket.

“Michael…” Maria whispered as her hands came up to cover her mouth and the tears feel free from underneath her eyelids and slid down her cheeks.

Michael smiled and took her left hand, leaving her right hand still over her mouth. He bent down on his knee and opened the box. He could feel Maria start to shake.

“Maria DeLuca, you can’t even begin to imagine the difference that you have made in my life…You’ve given me life. And nothing would make me happier than to be with you for the rest of my life. Will do you me that honour and be my wife?”

Maria felt butterflies explode in her stomach and it felt as if the ground had slipped out from under her feet. The tears started streaming down her face and her vision became blurry, she took her hand from over her mouth wiped the tears away so she could see Michael again but more tears just replaced them.

I don’t believe this…She thought as she stared down at Michael who just asked her the most important question in her life. He was staring back at her smiling like she had never seen him smile before.

Maria let out a whisper that would have been inaudible to everyone, but do to the strained silence, you would have been able to hear a pin drop. Everyone heard her answer.

Max, Liz, Isabel and Kyle heard it.

Michael heard it.

Everyone else heard it.

But no one could believe it.

Michael Guerin had just asked Maria DeLuca to marry him…

And she whispered…

“No.”
posted on 6-Oct-2002 12:34:54 PM
Hey Guys!!!!!

I am back and I am so sorry for the long delay...It's a long story!!!!

Well here is the next part and thank you for your patience...I will never leave you guys for this long ever again!!!!!!!!!!

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“No.”

Even though Maria whispered her answer to Michael’s proposal, it was as if she had yelled it in his face.

Michael felt the air leave his body almost as if it had been punched out. He continued to look at her and tears were now pouring down her cheeks.

In the crowd Max, Liz, Kyle and Isabel exchanged looks of horror, confusion and shock.

But back on stage no one could describe the look on Michael’s face. It was a mixture of feelings: loss, defeat, sorrow, confusion and utter sadness.

“No?” He chocked out obviously devastated. The hand which held the velvet box containing the ring fell to his side.

Maria blinked several times. She looked at him as if she was in a dream and then she looked out into the crowd. She shook her head vigorously and you could hear the sobs beginning to rack her body.

She glanced back down at Michael who was still kneeling before her on one knee. Then a look of horror streaked her beautiful face.

“No. No. No. NO!” She repeated with her voice getting louder as each word exited her mouth.

“I heard you the first time.” Michael muttered not taking his eyes off her.

Then Maria shocked the crowd even more by laughing.

Down in the crowd, Kyle leaned over and whispered to Isabel. “She’s lost it. This alien thing has pushed her over the edge and she has totally lost it.”

Isabel didn’t reply, she just shook her head as her own tears began to fall because of the horrible outcome on what was supposed to be the best night of her two friend’s lives.

Meanwhile Michael felt his heart being torn out as the woman he loved stood on stage and laughed at him.

Maria saw his look of pain on his face and she fell to her knees in front of him.

“No. I didn’t mean to say ‘No’.” She told him.

“What?” He spat out confused.

“When you asked me to marry you I didn’t mean to say no. I was thinking it, but I didn’t mean to say it.” She replied as if that made all the sense in the world.

“Well that makes me feel better.” Michael told her still not understanding what was going on.

“When you asked me to marry you, I was thinking ‘No. This can’t be happening.’ I never ever thought that you would want to get married. Michael, I was in shock. I’ve always dreamt of getting married and then when we got together I knew that you would never want to get married and I accepted that because I wanted to be with you no matter what. And then all of a sudden you ask me to marry you. I just kept thinking ‘No this cannot be happening.’ And I just blurted it out.” Maria said almost in one whole breath.

“So what are you saying?” Michael asked cautiously.

Maria smiled at him and cupped his face in her hands. “I am saying Michael, that there is nothing more in this entire world that I want to do than to be your wife. Of course I want to marry you. I love you.”

Maria had tears streaming down her face once more and she pulled Michael to her and brought her lips crashing down on his. The crowd erupted in cheering, clapping and whistling. Isabel and Liz were jumping up and down crying.

Michael pulled away from Maria and slipped the most beautiful ring she had ever seen on her finger. She looked at her ring then she looked at Michael and started laughing happily.

“I can’t believe were getting married!” She squealed and began to kiss him again. This time she pulled away and he helped her to her feet. Michael took her hand and then turned to the crowd.

“She said ‘yes’ everyone. For a moment things were unclear, but I am happy to announce that I am getting married to the most beautiful woman in the world. So guys eat your hearts out.” Michael told the crowd and the room erupted once more into noise.

They made their way off the stage and were crowded with people. Liz was the first one to reach Maria. She grabbed her and held her so tightly that Maria felt she was being crushed. But it was a good feeling. Liz didn’t say anything and Maria could feel her body shaking slightly as Liz cried on her shoulders. People were yelling congratulations to Maria and she yelled a numerous “Thank you’s” back to them. Liz finally let go of her and just looked at her while she smiled happily. Isabel grabbed her next.

“Congratulations! You guys deserve this so much. I am so happy for you!” Isabel kept repeating this over and over again.

“Move out of the way! Clear the way! I need to kiss the bride to be!” Maria heard someone say and she saw Kyle pushing his way through the crowd of people. Isabel let her go and Kyle swooped her up in a huge embrace.

“Well you finally got the hard-ass alien to crack.” Kyle whispered in her ear when he set her down.

“Yeah, I guess I did.” Maria replied as she glanced at Michael and Liz hugging.

Before Kyle could reply Maria was swarmed with people congratulating her. All of the staff she worked with hugged. Julia was crying her eyes out and Maria realized that Julia had known what was going to happen and that was why she was acting so weird right before her set. Maria’s regular fans were there, Michael’s buddies from work. There were so many people.

After about fifteen minutes of congratulating the crowd died off and the music started. Maria and her friends made their way to their table.

Maria took a seat next to Michael and Liz sat on her other side with Max next to her and then Isabel followed by Kyle.

Maria, Liz and Kyle all ordered alcoholic drinks while Michael, Max and Isabel ordered soda.

“Well.” Max started when the drinks arrived. “I think that Michael Guerin is the only guy who can pull off a proposal with the words ‘Shit’, ‘Ass’ and tell the girl he is proposing too to ‘Shut up.’ and still make it sound romantic.”

“Yeah. I caught myself a great catch didn’t I?” Maria said kissing Michael on the cheek. The group burst out laughing.

People kept coming over to their table and talking to them and it was the best night of Maria’s life. She was with her best friend’s in the whole world and she was marrying the love of her life. There were only two people missing that Maria wished desperately were there. Her mother and Alex. It sadden her to know that they were not there. But Maria knew that there was nothing she could do about it, so she enjoyed the moment.

But little do she and her friends know that someone was lurching in the shadows preparing to rip the happiness out from underneath them.


Mark who was one of Maria’s supervisors, and the man that was in love with her watched the party from the shadows. He watched her laugh and wanted very badly to be the man that made her laugh but he wasn’t. Michael Guerin was.

He had watched Michael propose and was half an inch from pulling the fire alarm to ruin it all. But he didn’t. He composed himself. And when Maria first uttered the word ‘No.’ in response to Michael’s proposal, Mark, a full grown man almost wet his pants. He was so happy. And then the light inside of him died when ultimately she said ‘yes.’

He was the one that Maria should be with. Not the punk with the hair who was a measly security guard.

But Mark’s hope did not die. He had ‘friends.’ ‘Special friends’ who promised that Maria would be his. All he had to do was do a little spy work. His ‘friends’ wanted Michael Guerin. They told Mark that before Maria and her friends moved to this town that Michael had been involved in the mob. He had stolen a lot of money and they wanted to re-pay him. Mark was more than happy to help. His friends certainly looked like they were in a mob, they wore suit’s all the time.

Mark had asked what they planned to do to Michael. They had told him not to worry, because once they were done with him, he would never bother Mark again.

Mark supposed that they would kill Michael because that what usually happened in the mob movies that he liked to watch. But Mark didn’t care. They could torture Michael, kill him; it didn’t matter to Mark as long as he got Maria in the end.

Mark watched her from across the room. He watched her throw her head back and laugh. He watched Michael put his arm around her and he watched them kiss.

Mark grabbed his cell phone so hard he almost snapped it in half and he punched the numbers he now knew from memory.

His ‘friends’ were supposed to take care of Michael tonight, but because of the engagement party, their plans were being held off until tomorrow.

Mark listened to the phone ring and he turned his back to Maria’s table because he couldn’t watch anymore. Just as he was about to hang up someone picked up on the other line.

“Pierce…Yeah, this is Mark…What do you want me to do now?"
posted on 10-Oct-2002 2:54:40 PM
I am back!! Told you that I would not leave you for long!

Here's the ext part and thanks for the feedback, you guys are so cool!!!!! (I am so glad that you like it.)


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While Michael and Maria were celebrating their engagement, Agent Daniel Pierce had gathered his agents into the meeting room of the compound he was running his current operation.

The agents sat in silence as Pierce ended his conversation with their informant, Mark Laudeau, who was Maria’s boss.

Pierce hung up his phone and addressed his agents. “All right, as you all know we ran into a problem tonight. The original plan was to take Maria DeLuca into custody tonight.”

The agents all nodded in silence. It was late and they were very frustrated. Their next step of the plan was supposed to have already taken place, but instead they were shut up into the stuffy little room waiting for their next instructions.

“It seems that we do not have the situation under control as we thought we did.” Pierce continued letting his frustration clearly shine through. “Our informant, Mr. Laudeau failed to inform us of the engagement party that would be taking place.”

“Why the hell didn’t he know about the party? Isn’t that why we have a fucking informant?” Agent Mullins demanded.

Pierce shot him a silencing look. “He did not know because his sister, who is co-owner of the club, is aware of Mr. Laudeau’s feelings for Mrs. DeLuca. She seemed to have known that Mark may try to ruin the celebration. That’s his conclusion anyway and I believe him. I told him to wait and not do anything.”

“What are we going to do with him when we don’t need him anymore?” Agent Stevens asked pouring another cup of coffee. He knew that it was going to be a long night.

“Kill him.” Pierce stated simply and the agent’s nodded because they were expecting that answer. He then continued. “Our plan will resume tomorrow night. I did some subtle inquiring and found out that Mr. Guerin will be leaving town tomorrow due to work related plans. So, we will take DeLuca tomorrow night after her shift at work.”

The rest of the agent’s continued to look on in silence, waiting for their instructions.

“Right now we will go over the plan one more time and then I want you to make sure that her room is prepared and secure and that everything else is ready.”

Pierce stood up and looked at the picture’s of Michael, Maria, Liz, Max, Kyle and Isabel that were pinned up on the bulletin board of the office.

“Tomorrow night, all hell is going to break loose and we are going to let it.”


It was well after one in the morning when Maria and her friends left the club. She and Michael thanked all the people who were still there for coming and they made their way outside. As they all made their way to their respective cars, Max came up and put his arm around Maria.

“I didn’t get to personally congratulate you.” Max said as they walked together ahead of everyone else.

“Well, thank you.” Maria said and grinned at him. Max couldn’t recall when he had ever seen her so happy.

“Well, I just wanted you to know that I can’t even express how much it makes me happy to see Michael so happy.”

“Max…” Maria whispered, she didn’t know where this little speech was coming from.

“Just listen. We all know that for a long long time the only people that Michael trusted were Isabel and myself. And I just want you to know that I am so happy that you came into Michael’s life because you’re the only person I know that makes him truly happy. And that makes me happy, to see the both of you so happy.”

Maria looked up at him and was quite for a moment. “What Hallmark card did you get that one off of?” She joked quietly.

They came to a stop in front of her car.

Max laughed quietly. “I’m serious, Maria.”

“I know.” She whispered and felt the tears begin to form under her eye lids. Max took her into a friendly embrace.

“Michael and I are getting married!”

Max and Maria turned around to see Michael and Liz holding hands behind them.

“Is that right?” Max questioned with a smirk on his face.

“Well it looked like that you stole my woman, so pay backs a bitch.” Michael said with a smirk to match.

“Very funny.” Max replied and ran up and swooped Liz up into his arms showering her with kisses.

“Okay! We are leaving now.” Isabel yelled as she and Kyle approached her car that was parked next to Maria’s.

“Unless this turns into an orgy.” Kyle said noticing the switching of partners between Max, Liz, Michael and Maria.

The rest of them just looked at him.

“Man, are you people ever going to get my sense of humor.” He complained.

“Not in this life time.” Isabel and got into her car with Kyle following close behind.

The rest followed suit.

A few minutes later they were all on the road headed for home.

Michael and Maria were in her car behind Isabel’s who was following Max. Michael was driving and Maria was silently staring out the window.

“What’s wrong? You look upset.” Michael asked glancing at her.

She turned to face him. “I’m not upset. Just a little sad.”

“Sad?”

“Yeah, well I’m really happy to be getting married. Believe me, I don’t think I have been this happy but it feels kinda weird.”

“What feels weird?” Michael asked taking his eyes off the road again.

“Knowing that my mom and Alex can’t be there.”

Michael didn’t say anything for a moment. He then took one of his hands off the wheel and placed it on top of hers that was resting on her leg.

“I never really thought about that. I mean, the only people that are my family are Max and Isabel. And, well…you. And I hope that you are going to be there.” He tried to joke but was greeted with no laughter. So he continued on “I don’t know what to say Maria. Max and Isabel are here. And now I consider Liz part of my family as well and I hate to admit but even Kyle is like one of my brothers. Now, don’t get me wrong. I miss Alex, even though I was never very close to him. He was a great guy that loved you very much and I wish he was here to watch you walk down the aisle. So, I can’t help but feel responsible for what happened to him.”

Maria whipped her head around to look at him. “Don’t say that Michael. It’s not your fault. You and Max and Isabel all hold this blame for what happened to him. But it wasn’t you, it was HER.” Maria stated firmly not being able to say Tess’ name.

“I tell myself that Maria. But it doesn’t always help.”
“Don’t think like that. I didn’t tell you this because I regret everything that has happened. Things happen for a reason and there is nothing that we can do about it. It just hurts.”

“I know. I’m sorry that Alex can’t be here and I’m sorry that it’s too dangerous to contact you mom.”

“You don’t have to be sorry. They would want us to be happy.” Maria said wiping tears that had formed on her face.

“Yeah, they would.” Michael said and placed his hand back on the wheel as he followed Isabel’s car onto their street.

“So are do you really have to leave tomorrow? Or was that part of the plan to keep your proposal a secret.” Maria asked.

“I really have to go, but it’s just for one night.” Michael replied and they parked on the street in front of the house because the two spaces in the driveway were already taken.

“So we have tonight?” Maria said seductively and leaned forward to kiss him.

“Whatever shall we do?” She whispered mockingly.

“Umm, how about we see what ‘engagement sex’ is all about.” He said and pulled her close and began to kiss her again.

“You don’t waste anytime do you?” Maria said as she pulled away laughing.

“Nope!” He said smiling and pulled her towards him again.

They were interrupted by someone yelling. Maria looked towards the house and saw Kyle standing at the front door. She rolled down the window.

“What?” she yelled.

“I said: Can’t you two wait until you get in the house before consummating your engagement!”

Michael leaned across Maria to yell something, but Kyle was the pulled into the house by a very embarrassed looking Isabel.

“Did I say that I consider that guy part of my family?” Michael asked as they got out of the car.

Maria slipped her arm around his waist and they walked towards the house. She looked up at him. “I don’t recall anything about Kyle, but I do recall something about ‘engagement sex’.”
Michael smiled at her and they ran into the house laughing the whole way.


The next Morning.

Maria awoke to the sounds of Isabel yelling and Maria was pretty sure that she was yelling at Kyle. Mornings were when Kyle was the most obnoxious, she thought that it pumped him up for the day or something.

Maria stretched out on the bed and opened her eyes. She was lying in bed with a sheet barely covering her naked body and the sun was shining through the curtains of the bedroom window. She smiled as she pulled the sheet up and covered her body completely.

“Morning.” She heard Michael say and she rolled over to face him.

“Morning.” She whispered and ran her fingers down his bare chest. “How long have you been awake?”

“Twenty minutes.” He replied running a hand through her hair.

“Why didn’t you wake me up?”

“Because I like watching my bride-to-be sleep.” He said and pulled her into his arms.

“You don’t know how much it makes me happy to be called your bride-to-be.” She said resting her head against his chest.

They laid there in silence both smiling.

A moment later a shriek was heard from the kitchen.

“That Isabel?” Michael muttered.

“Yep, and I bet she’s with Kyle. Doesn’t he know that people are trying to sleep?” Maria said and let out a laugh.

“Well no one is sleeping now, plus I gotta pack. I gotta leave soon.”

“Do you have to?” Maria pouted.

“Yes.” Michael said childishly and kissed the top of her head.

Maria groaned and sat up so that Michael could get out of bed. He rolled off the bed and searched for a pair of boxers. Maria sat watching him admiringly. I love that boy naked. She thought.
Michael threw on the boxers and grabbed a duffle bag to put some over-night things into.

“You getting in the shower?” He asked turning to face her. She nodded in response. “Well get in now, cause I gotta get going.”

Maria sighed and stood up with the sheet wrapped around her. “You wanna join me?”

Michael turned to face her again. “I’d love to babe, you get in and I’ll finish packing and then join you.”

Maria nodded and turned towards the bathroom that was connected to their bedroom.

“Hey, so what’d you think about the ‘engagement sex’?” Michael teased.

“Well, all I have to say is that if ‘married sex’ is better, let’s elope.” She teased and let the sheet drop to the floor.

Michael looked at her naked figure and then down to his bag. “I’ll just pack when we get out.” He said and chased her into the bathroom.


Half an hour later, Michael and Maria; clean, dressed and packed entered the kitchen to find Kyle singing to Isabel while using a banana as a microphone.

‘And I will always love youuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

“Oh, Kyle stick to your day job.” Maria said laughing.

“That’s what I said.” Maria heard Liz yell from the dining room. Maria stuck her head in the door way to find Liz and Max eating breakfast and doing a crossword puzzle together.

“Morning.” Maria called and received the same from the two of them.

“Why the hell are you doing that?” Michael asked as Maria pushed past him to open the fridge.

“She,” Kyle accused pointing to Isabel who was standing there laughing from Kyle’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you.’ “She, said that I was always joking around and couldn’t be romantic, so I decided to serenade her.”

“That was supposed to be romantic?” Max yelled from his place at the table with Liz.

Kyle put a shocked look on his face and hung his head down as if he were ashamed.

“Hey, you want some breakfast?” Maria asked Michael as she continued her raid through the fridge.
“Nah, I got to get going.” Michael said grabbing his bag from the floor where he had set it down a few moments before.

“Where you going?” Isabel asked as she stroked Kyle’s head sympathetically.

“Yeah, where are you going?” Max yelled.

Michael walked over to the doorway so he could see everyone. “I gotta do some training a couple towns over, it’s an overnight job, so I’ll be back tomorrow.”

“You’re leaving your fiancée?” Liz said with forged shock.

“It’s just one night. See you guys later.” Michael said and walked back through the kitchen.

Kyle caught up to him at the door. “Hey man, so how is ‘engagement sex’?”

“It’s something that you will never experience.” Michael joked.

“What?”

“No woman in her right would marry you. With a hair cut like that and that voice, sorry man it ain’t gonna happen.”

“My hair! Look in the mirror!” Kyle said and Michael grabbed him playfully in a choke hold.

“Don’t talk about my hair!”

“All right boys lets break it up! Space boy’s gotta go.” Maria said approaching them.

Michael let him go. “Later Buddha boy.”

“Don’t make me sing to you!” Kyle threatened playfully as Michael made his way out of the house with Maria close behind.

“Sometimes I worry about him.” Michael commented to Maria as the approached Michael’s security truck that he had parked on the street.

“Yeah, but you gotta love him.” Maria said as Michael threw his bag in the back seat.

“That’s the scary part.”

Maria laughed quietly. “Well have fun and don’t forget about me.”

“How could I forget my bride-to-be?” Michael said and pulled her close to him.
“I’ll be home tomorrow afternoon.” He said rubbing his hands up and down her back.

“You better.” Maria said and looked up at him. She pulled his face down to hers and brought her lips to his. She loved the way he tasted; she let his tongue slip into her mouth as she explored his mouth with hers.

Reluctantly Michael pulled away and got into the truck. Maria leaned into the open window and kissed him once more. “I love you.”

“I love you too. And I’ll call you later.”

“Okay.” She replied and stepped away from the car. “Bye.”

“Bye.” Michael said and drove off.

Maria stood on the street and waved at him until he was out of sight. And as Michael drove off he watched her in the rearview mirror and smiled. He watched her not knowing that when he arrived home tomorrow, she would be gone and he might never see her again.


TBC
posted on 16-Nov-2002 9:26:39 PM
I'm Back!!!

Sorry it took so long!!! Real Life caught up with me!

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Kyle awoke on the couch with a cramp in his neck.

“Damn.” He swore and sat up on the couch. He glanced at the T.V. to find it was still on, but the screen was blank.

Did I watch that movie? He wondered to himself as he massaged his neck.

Then he remembered that he hadn’t seen the end. He must have fallen asleep.

He glanced at the clock on the V.C.R and noted that it was 7:35 in the morning.

Kyle groaned as he stood up and made his way to the bathroom. The house was quite and still, everyone was still asleep.

He splashed some cold water on his face and jumped into the shower.

After he was done washing, he went back into the living room. All this was done slowly, as if he was still asleep.

Kyle was never fully awake until he had his coffee. He walked to the front door and got the newspaper off the porch. As he was closing the door, he heard something behind him.

He turned to see Isabel coming from her room yawning.

“Hey, what are you doing up?” He asked.

“I can never sleep in.” She replied and quickly kissed him on his cheek. “Plus, I wanted to make sure that you were awake so you’re not late for work.”

“Yeah, thanks. I fell asleep on the couch and luckily I woke up.”

“Do you want some coffee?” She asked him.

“Yeah, I was just gonna make some.”

“I can start it if you want.”

“It’s okay.” He said. “You can get dressed if you want, I’ll do it.”

“All right.” She said and made her way to her room.

Kyle started for the kitchen, but stopped when she began to talk again.

“So did you and Maria like the movie?”

Kyle turned around but Isabel had already closed her door.
He stood thoughtfully for a moment.

Maria. Maria had said she would come home and catch some of the movie with him.

Did she?

He couldn’t remember. A sudden sickening feeling began to form in his stomach and bowels.

But, he had fallen asleep. She probably came in and saw he was sleeping so she went to bed.

But wouldn’t she have turned off the television?

Why don’t you go check on her, stupid? He lectured himself and made his way to her room.

He paused outside of the room and lightly knocked on the door.

When he received no answer, he knocked louder. Still no answer.

Kyle slowly turned the knob and opened the door.

The room was empty and Kyle was shocked to find out that he wasn’t really surprised.

He felt his heart tighten in his chest. He walked into the room.

Maybe she’s at work. He told himself uncertainly.

But her bed didn’t look like it had been slept in.

She would have made it before she went to bed. He told himself.

He walked into the joining bathroom and before he even realized what he was doing he pulled the shower curtain back. The shower was dry.

Kyle didn’t know why he was so worried, it wasn’t unusual for Maria to have gone to work before anyone woke up.

But, some things just didn’t add up. Whenever Maria worked after midnight, she wouldn’t go back in to work until at least noon the next day. Even if she had gone in early, she always showered in the morning and this morning the shower was dry as a bone. That meant she would have had to have showered at at least five this morning.

Kyle walked out of the room and to the front door with dread building up inside of him with each step that he took. He knew that it wouldn’t be there but he opened the front door and confirmed that Maria’s car was, in fact, not there.

He closed the door and sank down on the couch.

His mind went blank and all that he could think about was Liz asking him to wait up for Maria.

He sat like this for a few moments. Then Isabel’s voice startled him.

“I don’t smell any coffee.” She said in a sing-song voice walking into the living room.

Then Isabel looked at him and saw that he looked as if he were very confused.

“Kyle, what’s wrong?” She asked and immediately kneeled in front of him.

“You better go wake up Max and Liz. I think something bad has happened to Maria.” He said in a flat voice that gave Isabel goose bumps.

She stared at him for a moment and then ran down to the basement to get Max and Liz without any questions.


“No answer.” Max said hanging up the phone and looking at his wife, sister and Kyle.

No one said anything.

He stood next to the telephone facing the rest of them. Liz, Isabel and Kyle were sitting at the dining room table. Isabel and Kyle stared back at him with confused looks on their faces. But Liz looked at him with a mixture of terror and guilt.

When he and Liz had rushed upstairs after Isabel had come running down Kyle told them that Maria was not in the house and he didn’t think that she had come home at all. Max had been genuinely confused, but Liz looked as if she were guilty, as if this was somehow her fault.

After Kyle finished telling them that he thought something bad had happened, Max asked if Kyle had called the club that Maria worked at. Kyle hadn’t, so Max took the liberty of doing so. He had received no answer, and then he had called her cell phone. No answer, he just finished telling them.

“Oh my God.” Liz moaned and lowered her head to the table.

“Liz,” Max said moving over to her and kneeling down and taking her into his arms. “She probably fell asleep at work and she’s not answering the phone because she is asleep.”

Liz pulled away from him. “I don’t think so. I think that something bad has happened to her.”

“What? Like she was in a car accident or something?” Isabel demanded standing up.

“Isabel!” Max shouted in bewilderment.

“I don’t know, I just think that something has happened.” Liz said quietly.

“Look.” Max said standing up. “She probably fell asleep. You know Maria, That job is her life. She never leaves until everything is done, so she probably tried to finish everything and fell asleep.”

Liz looked at him unconvincingly. He kept saying it over and over again. ‘She fell asleep.’ Liz began to wonder if he was trying to convince himself just that.

“Kyle and I will go over there and wake her up and bring her home.” Max said looking to Kyle.

“Yeah.” Kyle said standing up. His face emotionless. “I’ll just call the garage and tell them that I’m going to be late.”

They waited while Kyle used the phone in the kitchen. None of them said anything.

Kyle came back. “Okay, let’s go.” He told Max and on his way outside he kissed Isabel on her forehead.

Max looked down at Liz, who looked so lost. He took her hands in his.

“I’m gonna come back and Maria is going to be with me. I promise.” He said and then walked to the front door and out to the car where Kyle was waiting.

“He shouldn’t make promises that he can’t keep.” Liz said toneless to Isabel who just stared at her hands.


Fifteen minutes later Max and Kyle pulled into the parking lot of Maria’s workplace.

“There’s her car!” Kyle said showing his first signs of emotion that morning.

“I told you.” Max said and parked near her car. They both got out and made their way to the back door of the club.

Max banged his hand against the door and they waited. They waited and no one answered.

Kyle looked at him and then he banged on the door. Still no answer.

“Didn’t I say she fell asleep.” Max said to Kyle as he held his hand over the lock. They heard a click and Max pushed the door open.

They entered the empty club.

“It’s kinda freaky with no one here.” Kyle commented as they made their way inside.

Max glanced up at the wide window of Maria’s office. “One person’s here.”

They made their way up the stairs. Their footsteps echoed and Kyle felt a wave of nausea come over him.

They stood outside her office door.

‘I’m gonna open the door and she’s gonna sit up scared. She’s gonna be scared because she was sleeping and I startled her. Then she’s going to bitch about how much her neck hurts from sleeping on her desk and how much she wants to go home and take a shower.”

Kyle watched Max as he said this and that’s when he realized that Max knew Maria wasn’t going to be behind this door. They both knew that she wasn’t going to be there.

“Max…” Kyle trailed off uneasily. It made him nervous to see Max nervous.

Max looked away from him and opened the door to her office.

It was empty.

“This is bad.” Kyle said and they stepped in side. There was no sign of her. They looked around room looking for the same thing, although neither of them would admit out loud. They were looking for signs of a struggle of some sort.

“Okay, let’s split up and search the place.” Max said stepping up to take control of the situation.

Kyle did as told. Ten minutes later they were standing back outside of the club in the parking lot. Maria was nowhere to be found.

“I should have listened to Liz.” Max muttered.

“What?” Kyle asked, not quite catching all of it.

“Nothing. Let’s go home. We need to think about this.” Max said and they made their way to the car.

“Take Maria’s car.” Max told Kyle.

Kyle did not ask why. But he was almost going to ask how he was supposed to start it, when he realized he could use his powers.

He made his way to Maria’s car when he noticed something shiny lying on the ground.

“What’s this?” He said aloud and Max came over to where he was standing as Kyle picked it up off the ground.


“They’re back!” Liz heard Isabel yell from upstairs. After Max and Kyle had left Isabel had forced her to go down to her room and get changed.

Liz ran up the stairs now wearing jeans and a sweater. She kept thinking over and over again: Please let Maria be with them.

She reached the top of the stairs and ran down the hallway. Isabel was standing near the front door.

Liz froze in her tracks as the front door opened. Max walked in first. Liz looked at his face, but he was expressionless. Kyle came in next with his head down. Liz looked behind him and saw that there was no one there. Kyle closed the door and locked it.

“Max…” Liz whispered as tears formed behind her eyes.

“I think you guys better come and sit down.” Max said.

“Oh God.” Liz sobbed and dropped to her knees.

Max ran forward and lifted her off the ground. “It’s going to be okay.”

He led her to the dining room and sat her in a chair. Isabel sat beside her and Kyle next to her. Max remained standing.

“Where is she Max?” Isabel whispered.

“I don’t know.” He said and with that Liz dropped her head onto the table and began to cry.

“Isabel, go make some coffee.” Max told her. Isabel got up and made her way into the kitchen. Using her powers she quickly made up a pot of coffee and poured a cup for each of them.

All the while Max whispered consoling words into Liz’s ear. Isabel gave Liz a cup and Liz shakily took a sip.

“Tell me Max. I want to know everything.” Liz told him wiping the tears off her cheeks.

“There was no one at the club. It was locked so I used my powers and we went in. She wasn’t there. We went to her office, everything looks fine. No signs of struggle or anything.”

Isabel sighed and brought a shaky hand to her head.

“Max…” Liz pressed knowing that her husband was keeping something else from them.

After a moment’s hesitation he continued. “Her car was there. All the doors were locked. The car is fine, Kyle drove it home. She wasn’t in an accident.”

“So what does this mean?” Isabel nearly shouted. “Her car is there. She never came home. Is that all you found?”

“No.” Kyle said solemnly, speaking for the first time.

“What? What is it?” Isabel asked frantically.

The three of them watched as Kyle stood up and went into his pocket. He pulled something out and dropped it onto the table.

“Maria’s engagement ring was lying on the ground by the car.”

Isabel slumped in her chair.

Liz reached over and grabbed the ring. “She was taken.”

“Liz, you don’t know that.” Max said softly.

“No. She was. Last night when she called she told me that she couldn’t stop playing with the ring. She said she kept taking it off because she still couldn’t believe that it was there. So that means she left the building to come home and while going to the car, she must have been playing with the ring and someone grabbed her and she dropped it.” Liz insisted her voice rising with each sentence.

“Liz! Calm down.” Max said sternly.

“But Max, it makes sense.” Isabel said.

Max sighed looking uncomfortable. He knew they were right. It all added up. Especially if what Liz remembered Maria saying was correct.

“Max, what are we going to do?” Isabel asked him as Kyle drank from his coffee avoiding everyone’s eye and as Liz twirled Maria’s engagement ring between her fingers.

“I don’t know.” He said sitting down next to his wife who looked as if she was experiencing shock.


When Maria awoke her eyelids were very heavy. She rolled over onto her back. Her head hurt like hell and she felt the need to vomit.

She tried to open her eyes. But they were so heavy.

She rolled her head to the side and thought she could hear voices. Where the hell am I? She thought as she finally forced her eyes to open.

All she could see was white. A bright white light shone in her eyes sending a stabbing pain into her forehead.

Maria closed her eyes and welcomed the darkness that found her.

Before she fell unconscious, her thumb reached over to touch her finger and she realized, once again, that her ring was not there.


“Should we call the police?” Kyle asked after five minutes of silence.

“I don’t know.” Max said honestly. “I don’t know what to do.”

Kyle looked at him and once again became nervous. Max looked helpless.

“I don’t know if we should get the police involved.” Isabel said quietly.

“Your not saying that this is alien related? Are you?” Max questioned using his hand to smooth down Liz’s hair.

“I’m just saying we need to be careful.”

“Maria isn’t even on of us.”

“I never said that she was!” Isabel said her voice rising.

“Hey! Calm down.” Kyle said standing up. He hesitated a moment. “Do you think that maybe she took off?”

“What? No!” Liz said suddenly. “She was so happy last night. Her dreams came true. Michael proposed.”

Liz took the silence as a sign that they all agreed.

“Michael!” Liz yelled jumping up.

Isabel turned to the doorway. “Where?”

“No. Michael doesn’t know. How are we going to tell him?”

“He is going to flip out.” Isabel said getting nervous.

“And that’s the last thing we need.” Max said.

“When is he supposed to be here?” Liz asked sitting back down.

“Any time now.” Isabel replied.

Kyle got up and quickly walked out of the room.

“We have to keep him calm.” Isabel told Michael.

“Like that’s going to be easy.” Max replied feeling dread filling his heart.

“Well what are we going to do?” Isabel pressed.

Kyle ran back in the room. “I don’t know but you better think fast. Michael just pulled into the driveway.”

The rest of them jumped up out of their seats as they heard a car door slam from outside.

They stood in silence as Michael entered the house.

Michael came into the dining room smiling.

Liz saw him and couldn’t stop herself from crying.

“What happened?” Michael questioned concerned as he took a step toward her. Then he noticed them all staring at him.

“Where’s Maria?”
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